Man using hundreds of helium-filled balloons in trans-Atlantic crossing
Published Thursday, September 12, 2013 5:51PM EDT
CARIBOU, Maine - Hundreds of multicolored balloons used Thursday to launch a balloonist for a trans-Atlantic crossing look like a page taken from the script of the movie "Up."
Instead of using a conventional hot-air balloon, Jonathan Trappe lifted off using more than 300 helium-filled balloons, like those used in adventure in the Disney-Pixar movie.
Trappe's goal is to float across the ocean.
"The Atlantic Ocean has been crossed many times, and in many ways, but never quite like this," the North Carolina native said on his website, which detailed his efforts.
City Manager Austin Bleess said about 150 volunteers assisted in filling the helium balloons starting Wednesday night. Trappe and his balloons lifted off from a foggy softball field in northern Maine, near the Canadian border, at sunrise Thursday.
"Man, it was awesome," Bleess said. "It was amazing to watch."