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First Around the World

For balloonists Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones, the end of one journey marked the beginning of another.

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(Courtesy Brian Jones)

When Jones (second from left) and Piccard came to the National Air and Space Museum in 1999, to dedicate the Breitling Orbiter 3 gondola, they met Breitling Snyder, the infant who is their balloon’s namesake. Breitling’s dad Howard (far left) had followed the many attempts at round-the-world balloon flight throughout the 1990s. “I thought it took a special kind of person to submit yourself to winds to make it around the globe,” he says today. He had emailed a congratulations to the pilots and informed them that his daughter was born at the time they were almost overhead. Breitling’s mom Sharon is on the far right.

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