The documentary on the Two Eagles Flight is now available at the Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum. And there’s even a preview of the show running at the bottom of the stairs. Stop by, check out the preview, then take one home.
There is a very nice article about the Two Eagles flight in the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta program!
September 22, 1992: 6 days and 23 minutes after take-off, we had a stand up landing in Morocco. Setting a new absolute duration record for all types of balloons and making the first USA to Africa balloon flight. Even 23 years later the memory of that day is indelible for me.
23 years ago: September 16, 1992 around 0700 UTC, I was honored to be one of the pilots launching 5 identical Roziers on the greatest distance balloon race in h...istory, The Chrysler Transatlantic Challenge. We launched from Bangor, Maine in the order of our balloon number: Team 1 Wim Verstraeten / Bertrand Piccard, Team 2 Erich Kraftt / Jochen Mass, Team 3 Don Cameron / Rob Bayly, Team 4 Gerhard Hoogeslag / Evert Louwman, and Team 5 Troy Bradley / Richard Abruzzo. After a month of waiting in Maine for a suitable weather pattern, we were all airborne on our Atlantic adventure.
At the end of race Day 2 of the 59th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett, the teams ESP 01 (Gonzales/Aguirre Gas Balloon Team González-Aguirre) and USA 02 (White/...Sullivan FLY GAS) mark the golden and silver position. As the teams reported, both landed safely in Eastern Poland, close to the border of Belorussia.
But watch out for the 2014 champions team GER 01 (Eimers/Zenge Gordon Bennett Team Eimers / Zenge) who keep on fighting with challenging weather conditions on a track with still might take them a little further North compared to the two leading teams.
Who will make it ultimately? Is it GER 01 or ESP 01 or USA 02 who will win? All of these three certainly are some of the World's top gasballoon pilots. But, don't forget the dedicated and committed teams following. Some of them are winners in previous races:
- Team SUI 01 (Frieden/Witprächtiger Gordon Bennett Gasballonteam Frieden - Witprächtiger) became third in the Gordon Bennett 2013 in Nancy, France and twice second place in 2009 and 2012 - and won in 2010 in Bristol!
- Team BEL 01 (De Cock/Peirsman Gas Balloon Team Belgium United), where the first pilot was winning with Ronny Van Havere the Gordon Bennett in 2006 in Waasmunster, Belgium.
All pilots entering their third night into the race are fighting for the title of champion and all to be taken very seriously. We can be happy to watch these brave pilots from our chairs and enjoy the enjoy the thrill as it continuous to develop. The pilots are showing true airmanship, true character and a remarkable performance. The tension remains high - This is air sports at its best. Who will finally make it to the podium? For sure, they all deserve it!
I am very proud that Leonid and I have been awarded the 2015 Harmon Trophy by the NAA. There is an impressive list of notable aviators to receive this prestigi...ous award over the years. It is an honor for us to now be among them. The link to the NAA press release is attached.
The records set by the Two Eagles team have now been ratified by the NAA as National Records. The record dossier has now been forwarded to the FAI for approval of the World Records.
Distance : 6,655.9 mi
Duration : 160 hrs, 34 min
Class A, Balloons...
Subclass: AA-13 through AA-15, General
The Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association (AAAA) has asked me to give a presentation on the Two Eagles Balloon Team flight. In order to cover everything i...n detail: At the May 26th meeting, I will cover the history behind the flight, flight preparations, and the meteorology. The following month, during the June 23rd meeting, I will cover the flight and recovery. Both meetings will be held at the Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum at 1800 MDT.
Here is the article that appears in the May/June 2015 of Ballooning magazine.