• Short Summary

    Two hot-air balloonists in the United States set a new world record for flight across water on Friday (17 January).

  • Description

    Two hot-air balloonists in the United States set a new world record for flight across water on Friday (17 January).

    Steve Neulander and Paul Woessner set off to fly across Lake Michigan from Chicago to South Haven. Michigan in their new balloon 'The magnificent Rotator" on the coldest morning the weather forecasters could predict. Temperatures close to zero might not be everybody's idea of paradise, but to veteran balloonists it means that their vehicle is easier to fly.

    And the flying itself is almost more important to them than any records they might break. One of the balloonists described the experience as being like a "free spirit" and said that every time he takes off he "can't help but smile."
    But three hours and nineteen minutes after they left the ground Steve Neulander and Paul Woessner were frozen but happy world record holders with a flight of eighty miles (about 129 kilometres) across water.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA75NSMRSF2X3KTHCMZIKXKH7UT
    Media URN:
    VLVA75NSMRSF2X3KTHCMZIKXKH7UT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/01/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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