Flight Details

Deborah and Mike will launch from the Elementary School, Sussex, New Brunswick, Canada (45°43'31.73"N  65°31'8.50"W). The flight is expected to last up to 6 days.

 

​The balloon's trajectory will be determined by the direction and speed of the wind. Therefore, the landing site could be anywhere on the eastern side of the Atlantic Ocean.

 

​The wind direction at different altitudes can be used to steer the balloon. This requires good communication between Deborah & Mike and our meteorologist on the ground. 

 

​During the planning stage of the flight, the ground team will be coordinating with ATC and Search & Rescue agencies to ensure a safe passage for the balloon.

 

​The first successful Transatlantic balloon flight was in 1978. There have been another 11 flights since then.

 

The list below has been derived from information on the internet, in books and from pilot & team records. Please advise any errors/omissions to us via the Contact Page.

 

The list does not include transits of the Atlantic made by Round-the-World flights.

Double Eagle II

 

Date                      12th – 17th August 1978

Pilots                    Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson and Larry Newman

Balloon                 Helium - Yost GB-55. 160,000 cu ft (4,530 m3). s/n 108. N50DE

Launch                 Presque Isle, Maine, USA  46°37'36.48"N  068° 1'16.58"W (00:42 UTC 12 August).

Landing                Miserey, France  49° 0'50.23"N   001°16'14.76"E (1748 UTC 17 August)

Distance               5,001.22 km (2,700.44 nm)

Duration               137hrs 5mins 50sec (5.71 days)

Notes                    First Transatlantic Balloon Flight

Links                     The Spirit of ’78. The Flight of Double Eagle II (YouTube)

                              National Geographic

                              Wikipedia

                              Landing Site

Virgin Atlantic Flyer

 

Date                      2nd – 3rd July 1987

Pilots                    Per Lindstrand & Richard Branson

Balloon                 Hot Air - Colt 2500A. 2,290,000 cu ft (64,845 m³). s/n 1100. G-USUK

Launch                 Sugarloaf, Maine, USA

Landing                Limavady, Northern Ireland. Then Ditched in Irish Sea

Distance               4,486.5 km (2,422.52 nm)

Duration               31hrs 41mins (1.32 days)

Notes                    First Transatlantic Hot Air Balloon Flight

Links                     Guinness World Records     YouTube Version

Rosie O’Grady’s Balloon of Peace

 

Date                      14th - 18th September 1984

Pilot                      Joe Kittinger

Balloon                 Helium. Yost GB-55. 106,000 cu ft (3,000 m³). AA-10. s/n 111.  Reg N53NY

Launch                 Caribou, Maine, USA

Landing                Montenotte, Italy

Distance               5,703.03 km (3,543.7 nm)

Duration               86 hrs (3.58 days)

Notes                    First Solo Transatlantic Balloon Flight

Links                     This Day In Aviation

Dutch Viking

 

Date                      30th August - 2nd September 1986

Pilots                    Henk Brink, Willem Hageman & Evelien Brink

Balloon                 Roziere - Cameron Balloons R-225. 225,000 cu ft (6,370 m³). c/n 1230. PH-EIS

Launch                 St Johns, Newfoundland, Canada

Landing                Almere, Nr Amsterdam, Netherlands (2:08 a.m. EDT)

Distance               4,057,732 km km (2,191.0 nm)

Duration               51h 14m (2.13 days)  

Notes                    First Female Transatlantic Balloon Crew Member  

Links                     United Press International (UPI)

                              Dutch TV (YouTube)

La Ciudad de Helva

Date                      8th - 14th February 1992

Pilots                    Thomas Feliu & Jesus Gonzales Green

Balloon                 Roziere. Cameron Balloons R-60. 60,000 cu ft (1,700 m³). s/n 2057. G-BRGU

Launch                 Hierro, Canary Islands

Landing                Maturin, Venezuela

Distance               5,046 km (2,724.62 nm)

Duration               129h 10m (5.38 days)

Notes                    First Transatlantic Balloon Flight From East to West

Chrysler 1

 

Date                      16th - 21st September 1992

Pilots                    Wim Verstraeten & Bertrand Piccard (Belgium)

Balloon                 Rozier. Cameron R-77. 77,000 cu ft (2,180 m³). s/n 2712. G-BUFA

Launch                 Bass Park Raceway. Bangor, Maine, USA. 44°47'25.49"N  068°46'57.80"W(0300 local (approx))

Landing                Peque, Spain

Distance               4,931 km (2662.53 nm)

Duration               119 hrs 20 min (4.97 days)

Notes                    1st Place in the Chrysler Transatlantic Challenge

Link                       Bangor Info

Chrysler 3

 

Date                      16th - 21st September 1992

Pilots                    Don Cameron & Rob Bayly (UK)

Balloon                 Rozier. Cameron R-77. 77,000 cu ft (2,180 m³). s/n 2823. G-BUFC

Launch                 Bass Park Raceway. Bangor, Maine, USA. 44°47'25.49"N  068°46'57.80"W(0300 local (approx))

Landing                Figueira da Foz, Portugal

Distance               4,823.725 km (2,602.94 nm)

Duration               124hrs 34mins 15sec (5.19 days)

Notes                    2nd Place in the Chrysler Transatlantic Challenge

Link                       Bangor Info

Chrysler 5

 

Date                      16th - 22nd September 1992

Pilots                    Richard Abruzzo & Troy Bradley (USA)

Balloon                 Rozier. Cameron R-77. 77,000 cu ft (2,180 m³). s/n 2825. G-BUFE

Launch                 Bass Park Raceway. Bangor, Maine, USA. 44°47'25.49"N  068°46'57.80"W(0300 local (approx))

Landing                Sidi Amar El Kadmiri, near Casablanca, Morocco

Distance               5,340.20 km (2,883.48nm)

Duration               144 hrs 16 mins (6.01 days)

Notes                    3rd Place in the Chrysler Transatlantic Challenge

Link                       Bangor Info

Peregrine

 

Date                      18th - 22nd August 1994

Pilots                    Steve Fossett & Tim Cole

Balloon                 Roziere. Cameron R-77. 77,000 cu ft (2,180 m³). s/n 3228. G-BVJO

Launch                 Feildian Gardens, St.John's, Newfoundland, Canada 47°33'37.49"N  052°43'47.79"W (1130 Local 18AUG94)

Landing                Trittau, Near Hamburg, Germany 53°36'36.60"N 010°21'54.60"E

Distance               4353.668 km (2350.8 nm)

Duration               75 hrs 20 mins (3.14 days)

Notes

Region Lorraine

 

Date                      30th August – 5th September 2000

Pilots                    Laurent Lajoye & Christophe Houver

Balloon                 Roziere. Lindstrand LBL 77M. 77,000 cu ft (2,180 m³).

Launch                 St John, New Brunswick, Canada  45°17'42.00"N 066° 7'4.80"W (0357UTC 30AUG00)

Landing                Saon, France 49°15'43.20"N 000°52'1.20"W (0636UTC 05SEP00)

Distance               4,726 km (2551.84 nm)

Duration               146 h 48 min 45 sec (6.12 days)

Notes                    First French Crossing of The Atlantic

Link                       Le Monde

Uniq Atlantic Challenge

 

Date                      26th – 29th September 2003

Pilot                      David Hempleman-Adams

Balloon                 Roziere. Cameron R-90, 90,000 cu ft (2,550 m³). s/n 4751. G-BYZX

Launch                 Elementary School, Sussex, New Brunswick, Canada  45°43'31.73"N  065°31'8.50"W (0537UTC 26SEP03)

Landing                Grange Farm, Stalmine, near Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire UK  53°53'59.89"N 002°57'50.86"W (1652UTC                                29SEP03)

Distance               4,422 km (2,386 nm)

Duration               83hrs 14 mins 35 secs (3.47 days)

Notes                    First Transatlantic Balloon Flight in an Open Wicker Basket

Link                       This Day In Aviation

Toshiba Transatlantic Challenge

 

Date                      3rd – 6th July 2007

Pilot                      David Hempleman-Adams

Balloon                 Helium. Padelt G-37. 37,000 cu ft (1,048m³). s/n 37TA. N66050

Launch                 St John’s Newfoundland 03JUL07 at 0000UTC

Landing                Nolay, France  46°57'21.30"N 004°38'59.39"E (06JUL07 at 1727UTC)

Distance               4,227.10 km (2,282.45 nm)

Duration               89hrs 20mins (3.72 days)

Notes                    Smallest Balloon to Cross The Atlantic

Link                       Toshiba