4 New Balloon Record Set In Russia!

New Balloon Record Set In Russia!

Posted on May 18, 2011 by team

On November 20, 2004 one Russian guy, Vitaly Kulikov, set a new world record for highest ever flight. He reached a height of 5470 m on a bunch of 800 toy balloons filled with helium. Thus, Vitaly broke the record of three years ago belonging to Ian Ashpole and included in the Guinness Book of Records. The Englishman managed to reach a height of only 3350 m. Besides, he couldn’t land his “aircraft” and had to use a parachute.

Kulikov’s flight was a greater success, even though it took place in really extreme conditions – a terrible blizzard struck on that day. The wind speed near the ground was more than 160 km/h. Even planes don’t fly in such weather. They are simply blown away from the strip…

That’s how a takeoff ground looked in November.

The MAZ with helium.


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4 Responses to “New Balloon Record Set In Russia!”

  1. zjoske says:

    How did he come down? Was somebody shooting at the ballons? Would have been funny…

  2. Musa says:

    That must of been freaky listening to the balloons pop while he was high in the air and not knowing where the wind would toss him. But it had to of been a fun ride until he hit the trees.

  3. Bob Church says:

    I know how painful rescheduling is, but those winds were ridiculous.

  4. testicules says:

    looks like fun

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