On 19 September, 2009, David Hempleman-Adams broke two world balloon records for duration in a tiny AA-01 class gas balloon. He flew from Butler, Missouri, to Cherokee, Oklahoma in fourteen hours and fifteen minutes. David spent two years preparing for this audacious solo flight, choosing a lightweight envelope, tiny basket, top of the range instruments, the best launch site and losing 20 lbs in weight. He travelled over prairies at 22 knots, just 500 feet above the trees, avoiding tall radio masts, wind turbines, turbulence and finding it a cold night in just a T-shirt!
RAeC Silver Medal
British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association