Man attaches 100 helium balloons to his body and flies 15 miles in the air

Mimi Launder
Thursday 26 October 2017 10:30
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Finally, a real-life Up has floated into our lives.

Pixar fans saw their dreams come true when Bristol man Tom Morgan suspend himself from 100 helium balloons.

It sounds like an experiment doomed to failure - something a kid might dream up, or Disney - but Morgan reached the staggering height of 8,000ft (2,438m).

Inexplicably, he was tied to a camping chair as he floated 15.5 miles above South Africa. But don't worry, he used water barrels for balance.

Safety first, right?

If you think prepping for a birthday party is bad, spare a thought for Morgan who spent two days inflating balloons before his trip.

But the 38-year-old said every moment was worth it, telling the BBC that the flight was "magical".

After several failed attempts in Botswana, the adventurer moved on on to South Africa.

He told the BBC:

The problem was finding a good weather window and it as difficult to protect the balloons as they kept bursting.

With only enough helium for one last heart-stopping attempt, the team moved their base to just north of Johannesburg.

Maybe he can join Carl Fredrickson exploring the wilds of South America for his next expedition.

HT BBC

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