Usually, when you attempt a stunt that's only been pulled off by a cartoon character, it's a bad idea.
But don't tell that to Jonathan Trappe.
The 38-year-old North Carolina native flew across the English Channel while attached to a cluster of balloons, similar to the character Carl Fredricksen's flight in the movie "Up.". Trappe's journey turned out wonderfully, so now he's trying it again. This time, however, he'll be going a bit further.
Trappe recently announced that he plans to fly across Atlanta Ocean on a gondola attached to hundreds of helium balloons. He'll take off from Maine and attempt to land in Paris, but his journey could take him anywhere from North Africa to Norway. The trip will measure approximately 2,500 miles, which is 10 times further than Trappe's journey across the English Channel.
"I didn't wake up one day and think: 'I'm going to fly across the Atlantic,'" Trappe said. "Every attempt before this was geared towards this flight. I've been training for a long time."
The gondola will have a canopy to protect Trappe from the elements as he soars to an expected altitude of between 18,000 feet and 25,000 feet. In case of an emergency, Trappe will pop the balloons and attempt to land the gondola in the ocean.
According to the London Telegraph, five men have attempted to fly across the Atlantic using balloons, and each has died trying. None, however, was using a cluster of balloons.
(H/T to Off the Bench)