Guy Trying To Fly Across Atlantic Using Nothing But Helium Balloons Has Clearly Seen "Up" Way Too Many Times
He is either the world's greatest daredevil or a complete and utter lunatic. An IT Manager from North Carolina is attempting to cross the Atlantic Ocean by clinging to helium filled balloons.
Jonathan Trappe, 39, might be an IT Manager from North Carolina, but he is also a "daredevil" with a dream of flying across the Atlantic propelled by helium balloons.
You know, like the dude from Up.
Trappe took flight at 6:20 a.m. this morning from Caribou, Maine. Nobody has attempted the feat, although five have died trying to cross the Atlantic in hot air balloons.
His girlfriend said she knows she might never see him again, but still supports his dream.
Trappe will make the 2,500-mile trip alone, relying on 370 helium filled balloons, the Daily Mail reports. He will pop the balloons or drop ballast to control the aircraft.
If successful, Trappe's trans-atlantic trip would set a world record and be his greatest feat yet.
A video of Trappe's departure this morning