In a one-of-a-kind feat, Tony Morgan, a 38-year-old man from Bristol, managed to fly high to a height of 8,000 feet, while being strapped to a camping chair lifted into the sky by a hundred balloons tied together. To get up there Morgan spent two entire days to inflate the balloons.
As per reports, he had earlier also tried to fly in Botswana by using only balloons, but had failed. For this attempt, he moved to South Africa. He only succeeded to fly on his eighth attempt.
Describing the achievement as “magical” and “unbelievably cool”, Morgan told BBC:
The problem was finding a good weather window and it was difficult to protect the balloons as they kept bursting.
However, Morgan, owner of an adventure company in Bristol, did admit that he felt “somewhere between terrified and elated”.
Describing his aerial journey, the daredevil adventurer said that as soon the balloons drifted towards the inversion layer of the atmosphere, where the temperature rises, the flight started accelerating very rapidly. Thereafter he said:
I had to keep my cool and gradually start cutting the balloons.
Morgan plans to eventually set up a competitive helium balloon race in Africa. He says:
We will have to avoid areas with lots of spiky bushes though.
Here’s a little video of Morgan’s achievement, which captures the ‘on air’ adventure: