04/11/10 118 W, 1 I - + 8 - 5 Up, Up, and Away

Yesterday afternoon in Sanford, at a Wings of Carolina Flying Club event, North Carolina pilot Jonathan Trappe launched himself into the air in a specialized cluster-balloon chair. His accompanying equipment? Two-way radios, breathing oxygen, parachute, altitude encoder, GPS, and emergency locator beacon. As this WRAL story reports, by 9 p.m. he was floating over Pittsboro. By 6:15 a.m. this morning, he was northwest of Goldsboro. He reached 5,000 feet at one point. He's presently north of Freemont, north of Goldsboro. He's due to land, or perhaps has landed. Track his flight on this Google map. Or read more about him on ClusterBalloon.com.  Or read the original WRAL story.

James Whitt/WRAL photo

I bet he had fun crossing RDU airspace. But he was there about 5.15 this morning, so assuming there’s not many flights at that time it was probably easier than if he’d arrived at noon
Paul - 04/11/10 - 10:41

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