First Around the World
For balloonists Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones, the end of one journey marked the beginning of another.
- By Linda Shiner
- AirSpaceMag.com, September 17, 2009
Moments into the flight, the balloon was still at a low altitude, but would eventually reach that of the airliner flying above it—about 35,000 feet. Throughout the flight, speeds ranged from about 25 to 185 mph.