Pfft, I Would've Gone Higher: Man Soars To 15,000ft In Balloon-Rigged Office Chair

January 20, 2010


Jonathan Trappe went and attached 55 industrial strength helium balloons to an office chair and took to the skies above North Carolina. Just like a bird.

After spending two years in training and upwards of £45,000 (~$74K) on the adventure, this was the technical project manager's first ever cluster balloon flight.

He reached a height of 14,783 feet after strapping the industrial-strength balloons to the steel-cased chair and setting off from an airport in North Carolina.

'I took two years before this flight gaining my Federal Aviation Administration licence to fly helium balloons as well as hot air balloons,' said Mr Trappe.

Using only a sharp knife to burst the balloons, Mr Trappe explained the difference between bursting a normal party balloon and one used in cluster ballooning.

'Every time you burst the balloon there follows a juddering shot,' he said.

Not to burst your balloon, Jonathan, but real adventurers don't spend $75K and two years training for an adventure. Nope, real adventurers spend $200 at Party Central and a drunken afternoon tying balloons to a patio chair. Just sayin', you make Balloon Boy look like Indiana Jones. And that little bitch just hid in an attic.

Hit the jump for a couple more shots from the "adventure".




Chairway to heaven: Adventurer recreates scenes from film Up by attaching helium balloons to office chair and soaring 15,000ft [dailymail]

Thanks to jtdward, who recently jumped off the roof of his apartment building holding 80 balloons. Helium, jtdward, that's the secret. Get well soon.

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