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Glass-Bottomed Hot Air Balloon Is a Terrifying Experience

August 16, 2010
clipped from gizmodo.com
I definitely want to try this glass-bottomed hot air balloon, even while its pilot and inventor says it’s a “terrifying experience.” I don’t know why no other sadist think about this before, but flying in it must be truly blood-curdling.

Glass-Bottomed Hot Air Balloon Is a Terrifying Experience

The glass-bottomed hot air balloon is the creation of Christian Brown, the pilot who travelled around the world in a balloon with Sir Richard Branson. Brown, who has been hot air balloon pilot for 18 years and holds the tethered altitude world record at 10,000 feet, says the experience of flying this new airship was terrifying. Knowing his previous experience, I believe him:

We’ve done tethered trials before, which usually end with passengers shrieking and screaming in fear, but this is the first time we’ve actually taken to the skies unaided. Ordinarily, you would look over the edge of the basket to peer at the ground below but there is something very disconcerting about seeing it right beneath your feet.

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