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Pop goes the mission to cross Atlantic by balloon cluster

Balloonist forced down in Newfoundland.

By Rich_Maloof Sep 13, 2013 4:42PM

Jonathan Trappe, the man who was attempting an Atlantic Ocean crossing by balloons in the fashion of the animated movie “Up,” has landed far short of his goal.

Jonathan Trappe balloon liftoff (NorthernMaine via YouTube, http://aka.ms/JonathanTrappe)

AP reports that Trappe, who struck a cartoonish figure suspended beneath 300 colorful helium-filled balloons, has landed in Newfoundland. He had lifted off Thursday morning from Caribou, Maine, about 350 miles from his landing point, and hoped to cross the ocean in a fashion never attempted before. But even before he launched, wind forecasts did not auger well for his journey.

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“Hmm, this doesn’t look like France,” Trappe joked sportingly on his Facebook page after landing in a remote location south of Newfoundland’s York Harbour. Coincidentally, a scenic natural preserve named Blow Me Down Provincial Park juts into the Gulf of St. Lawrence near the area of the balloonist's forced landing.

 Trappe, who is from North Carolina, has been successful in prior balloon-cluster missions. He ambitiously used a cluster to cross the English Channel in 2010 and once lifted a fabricated house in a live imitation of “Up,” the 2009 Disney-Pixar movie. He’d been planning his Atlantic crossing for two years.

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Photo: Jonathan Trappe balloon liftoff (NorthernMaine via YouTube, http://aka.ms/JonathanTrappe)


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