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Hundreds of helium-filled balloons being used in attempt to cross Atlantic Ocean
WaPo ^ | Thursday, September 12, 10:24 PM

Posted on 09/12/2013 10:43:58 PM PDT by BenLurkin

Trappe’s goal is to float across the ocean.

“The Atlantic Ocean has been crossed many times, and in many ways, but never quite like this,” the North Carolina native said on his website, which detailed his efforts.

City Manager Austin Bleess said about 150 volunteers assisted in filling the helium balloons starting Wednesday night. Trappe and his balloons lifted off from a foggy softball field in northern Maine, near the Canadian border, at sunrise Thursday.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


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No way.
1 posted on 09/12/2013 10:43:58 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

No way is correct. Not with those latex balloons.

He will have a bout 12 to 15 hours before the leak enough helium to put him in the sea.

Unless he has a boat trailing him he will never be seen again


2 posted on 09/12/2013 10:48:41 PM PDT by Fai Mao (Genius at Large)
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To: BenLurkin

no words...just shaking head.


3 posted on 09/12/2013 10:53:46 PM PDT by Conservative4Ever (I'm going Galt)
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To: Fai Mao

Having a bit of LTA experience, I would say tend to agree - unless perhaps he is using Hydrogen in the balloons instead of Helium.

Using hydrogen, however, could also open the door to whole lot of other potential negative outcomes.


4 posted on 09/12/2013 10:54:49 PM PDT by rdcbn
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To: Fai Mao
Unless he has a boat trailing him he will never be seen again

I agree. This is so stupid, that when he is lost at sea, the media will be so embarrassed by it, that they won't report it.

5 posted on 09/12/2013 10:55:39 PM PDT by Mark17 (Mark Levin: Barack Obama is a human wrecking ball)
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To: rdcbn

But doesn’t hydrogen tend to leak even faster than helium, being a smaller molecule?


6 posted on 09/12/2013 10:56:37 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: Mark17

I’m hoping that this is an elaborate hoax and that this guy isn’t going to really try this.


7 posted on 09/12/2013 10:59:35 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Wet balloons notaping.


8 posted on 09/12/2013 11:02:09 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: BenLurkin
I’m hoping that this is an elaborate hoax and that this guy isn’t going to really try this.

Not doing this, would be the wisest decision he ever made.

9 posted on 09/12/2013 11:16:01 PM PDT by Mark17 (It is every liberal's job to destroy America, and every conservative's job to stop him.)
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To: dayglored

I think you’re right Hydrogen would leak faster.

If he were using Mylar or aluminum foil balloons balloons he might have a chance of doing this though even then this would still be pretty stupid


10 posted on 09/12/2013 11:16:42 PM PDT by Fai Mao (Genius at Large)
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To: dayglored

Darwin smiled.


11 posted on 09/12/2013 11:29:52 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: BenLurkin

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2418598/Jonathan-Trappe-IT-manager-attempts-cross-Atlantic-simply-clinging-helium-BALLOONS.html#ixzz2eqQ1rxPq

Daily Mail version: Video, better pictures


12 posted on 09/12/2013 11:34:39 PM PDT by j. earl carter
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To: Fai Mao
No way is correct. Not with those latex balloons.

They are colored weather balloons. He's already flown the English Channel and over the Alps on previous record attempts. According to his tracking map, he's covered a 1000 miles on this trip already and is approaching the open Atlantic.

Everything looks well planned to me. I hope he makes it.

13 posted on 09/12/2013 11:56:48 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Cue Star Trek theme...

Our mission...to go where no loon has gone before.


14 posted on 09/13/2013 12:03:08 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: tet68

...coming back optional.


15 posted on 09/13/2013 12:04:39 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: BenLurkin

Looks like he may have already gone down, just on shore of New Brunswick, not very far from “Blow Me Down” provincial park.


16 posted on 09/13/2013 12:16:55 AM PDT by Prospero (Si Deus trucido mihi, ego etiam fides Deus.)
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“For his trans-Atlantic crossing, the basket in which he’s riding is actually a lifeboat that could be used if he ditches in the ocean.”

Smart move.

“The airborne journey, if it goes according to plan, could take anywhere from three days to six days. Wind currents could bring him to northern Africa or Norway.”

Well, as long as knows where he’s going... o_O


17 posted on 09/13/2013 12:37:49 AM PDT by DemforBush (Bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia!)
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To: BenLurkin
In 2008, a priest in Brazil tied helium balloons to a floatable lawn chair for a fund raising stunt. Unexpected off shore winds blew him out to sea. They found the balloons and the chair, but no sign of the priest.
18 posted on 09/13/2013 1:34:35 AM PDT by zeestephen
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To: BenLurkin

Does he have to have an IFF transponder ???


19 posted on 09/13/2013 4:19:21 AM PDT by 11th_VA (I want a president who won't enforce tax laws ...)
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To: BenLurkin
It worked in "UP".
20 posted on 09/13/2013 5:27:21 AM PDT by Neidermeyer (I used to be disgusted , now I try to be amused.)
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To: BenLurkin

Danny Deck Chair Good luck on your flight. How will you be returning to Maine? By thumb?


21 posted on 09/13/2013 8:54:25 AM PDT by V K Lee
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