The real-life 'Up': British adventurer flies across South Africa in a camping chair tied to 100 helium balloons

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Published by : CT WEB 2017-10-26 17:39:17

The skies above South Africa are filled with weird and wonderful creatures, from giant vultures to miniature sunbirds.

But those looking to the sky on Monday saw something even more unusual... a mad Brit in a chair with party balloons tied to it.

Like a scene from the smash Pixar film 'Up', Tom Morgan, from Bristol based company The Adventurists , took to the skies near Johannesburg.

The daredevil flew 25km (15.5 miles) and reached heights of 8,000ft (2,438m) suspended from 100 helium balloons.

After a somewhat disastrous week trying to fly in Botswana, Tom tried his luck in South Africa.

And his concept of an air race based around flying in a chair with large party balloons tied to it (ranging from one to five foot wide, the kind of thing you'd find hovering outside a cheap car showroom) became a reality.

Whilst Tom had to hurriedly pop the balloons to get back to terra firma, after reports of strong winds on their way got radioed through to him, he'd experienced enough to know the 'world's wackiest air race' can become a genuine event next year.

(Mirror)

 

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