American sets off for Europe in rainbow balloon
WASHINGTON (AFP) - In a scene reminiscent of the Pixar movie Up, an American adventurer set off on Thursday in a daring bid to drift across the Atlantic in a wildly colourful cluster balloon.
By sunset, Mr Jonathan Trappe was approaching Corner Brook, on the west coast of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, satellite tracking websites indicated.
"In the quiet sky, above the great Gulf of St Lawrence, traveling over 35 mph in my little yellow rowboat at 18,000 feet," or 80khm and 5,500m, wrote Mr Trappe earlier on Facebook.
Mr Trappe, a technical projects manager and ballooon enthusiast from North Carolina, departed at dawn from Caribou, Maine, to the strains of The Star-Spangled Banner and cheers from his ground crew who had spent the night inflating his craft's 370 balloons with helium.