26 years ago today 15th January, Per Lindstrand and Richard Branson, began their Pacific crossing by hot air balloon. Two days later they landed in Yellowknife, Canada on 17th January 1991. They had achieved the first Pacific crossing by hot air balloon.
The Pacific Crossing records included:
• —the first hot air balloon across the Pacific
• —the fastest manned balloon flight
• —the longest manned balloon flight
Peak speed — 239.62 mph (208 knots, 385.4 Km/hr)
Mean Cruise Altitude — 27,000 feet (8.23 Km)
Max. Altitude — 36,000 feet (10.97 Km)