0 Adventurer Crosses English Channel in Helium Balloon Chair

Jonathan Trappe, helium balloon chair, English Channel
Jonathan Trappe takes off in a cluster balloon chair, reminiscent of Pixar's animated comedy adventure movie Up.
English Channel
Called la Manche, or "the sleeve" in French, the English Channel is an arm of the Atlantic Ocean separating Great Britain from northern France. On Friday, 36-year-old Jonathan Trappe from Raleigh, North Carolina, became the first person to float across the 22-mile Channel using helium balloons—54 of them to be exact.

"Didn't you have this dream, grabbing on to a bunch of toy balloons and floating off? I think it's something that's shared across cultures and across borders — just this wonderful fantasy of grabbing on to toy balloons and floating into open space," Trappe told Sky News.

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