Leonid Tiukhtyaev (L) and Troy Bradley (R), record breaking balloon pilots
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Two Eagles balloonists complete record Pacific crossing

Two pilots in a helium balloon have completed their crossing of the Pacific with a sea landing off Mexico, setting new milestones on a six-day trip.

American Troy Bradley and Russian Leonid Tiukhtyaev landed safely, their Two Eagles Balloon team said.

They claim to have beaten the world distance and duration records by flying for more than 137 hours and travelling more than 5,209 miles (8,383km).

To set the records the team needed to beat the existing records by 1%.

Alastair Leithead reports.

  • 01 Feb 2015
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