Two Eagles Balloon flight over the Pacific Ocean
The Two Eagles helium-filled balloon traveled a total of 6,646 miles (10,696 km) across the Pacific Ocean from Saga, Japan, to a point just four miles off the Baja Coast. Pilots American Troy Bradley and Russian Leonid Tiukhtyaev successfully achieved unofficial world records for distance traveled and duration aloft in a gas-filled balloon. It took them 160 hours and 37 minutes to cover the 6,646 miles (10,696 kilometers). Prior to the Two Eagles’ flight, the distance record for a gas-filled balloon was 5,208 miles, set in 1981 during the first trans-Pacific balloon flight.
Mission Control was located in the Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico.