This Day In History - Balloon Crosses the Atlantic 1978

Balloon Crosses the Atlantic 1978

Thursday, August 17, 2023

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Event Description

The Double Eagle II completes the first transatlantic balloon flight when it lands in a barley field near Paris, 137 hours after liftingoff from Preque Isle, Maine. The helium-filled balloon was piloted by BenAbruzzo, Maxie Anderson, and Larry Newman and flew 3,233 miles in the six-day odyssey.