Three Americans have become the first men to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a balloon.?
Three Americans have become the first men to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a balloon. Max Anderson, ben Abruzzo and Lawrence Newman, landed in France on Thursday (17 August) six days after setting off from Maine in the United States.
SYNOPSIS: The balloonists in their helium filled balloon, Double Eagle Two had planned to land at Le Bourget airport, outside Paris, where a triumphant reception was awaiting them. They had already beaten all records earlier in the day when they crossed the west coast of the United Kingdom. But they were still flying high, and so decided to carry on to France. They did not make Le Bourget, landing instead in a cornfield at Evreux, about 80 kilometres (50 miles) west of Paris.
But the welcome was just as welcome, at Evreux. Hundreds of people quickly gathered round the victorious trio. Le Bourget was where the pioneering American aviator, Charles Lindburgh, landed after the first solo flight across the Atlantic more than 60 years ago though the balloonists did not make it to Le Bourget, they did achieve what man has been trying to do for over a hundred years. And as they approached the U.K. coast to achieve that, the BBC's Simon Dring was plotting their course.