This man pulled off a real life Up and used 100 helium filled balloons to fly 8,000 feet in the air.
Tom Morgan, who runs the adventure company “The Adventurists,” flew 15.5 miles across South Africa using balloons and a chair.
Morgan and his team ran several tests before taking flight and made sure their take-off point wasn’t in a place where he’d risk veering into the ocean. He had several failed attempts before take off. The successful flight was going to be his last attempt, due to running low on helium.
It took two days to inflate all the balloons with enough helium. One major difficulty took place during this prep time. It was difficult to protect the balloons from bursting.
Morgan took flight from Johannesburg and stayed in the air for 2 hours. He described the event as “magical.”
“I had to keep my cool and start gradually cutting the balloons,” Morgan told BBC News about flying and planning his descent.
Morgan landed safely and was greeted by his teammates
It’s well worth checking out the Adventurists’ other feats. Their website shows all of their crazy accomplishments. Highlights include driving to Mongolia from London, sailing across the Indian Ocean in homemade boat and flying through the USA with a fan powered parachute.
The Adventurists’ story began in 2004. Tom Morgan was living in Czech Republic, and on a whim decided to to drive to Mongolia. He enjoyed the experience so much that he organized a follow up journey next year, with six teams competing against one another. Morgan and others then organized many more adventures. Today, the Adventurists comprise of over 12,000 people.
The Adventurists are dedicated to making the world less boring through daring endeavors. In this instance, mission accomplished.