Lonely Planet Writer

Hot-air balloonists in bid to break world records

A hot air balloon in flight.
A hot air balloon in flight. Image by Morgan Williams / CC BY 2.0

Sunday morning saw hot-air balloon ‘Two Eagles’ take flight from Saga, Japan, as the pilots, American, Troy Bradley and Russian, Leonid Tiukhtyaev, attempt to break two world records. The pair plan to cross the Pacific to the west coast of the US, landing within the week, breaking both the distance and flight-duration records for hot-air ballooning if successful. Read more: japantimes.co.jp