A North Carolina man took the premise of Disney’s 2009 movie “Up” very literally, embarking Thursday on a trans-Atlantic balloon journey of his own.
Jonathan Trappe, an IT consultant from Raleigh, N.C.,spent 12 hours in the air attached to 370 helium-filled balloons Thursday before being forced to abort his mission due to “technical problems” with the balloons. Trappe managed to fly from Bangor, Maine to Newfoundland, Canada during that period.
“Hmm, this doesn’t look like France,” Trappe wrote on his Facebook page before landing just south of York Harbor, Newfoundland. He did land safely and didn’t need any medical attention, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Trappe had anticipated the entire journey across the Atlantic Ocean would take him three to five days, although he didn’t have a specific landing point picked out ahead of time.
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