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Hundreds of helium-filled balloons being used in attempt to cross Atlantic Ocean

• Washington Post
Instead of using a conventional hot-air balloon, Jonathan Trappe lifted off using more than 300 helium-filled balloons, like those used in Carl Fredricksen’s aerial adventure in the Disney-Pixar movie.
Trappe’s goal is to float across the ocean.

“The Atlantic Ocean has been crossed many times, and in many ways, but never quite like this,” the North Carolina native said on his website, which detailed his efforts.

City Manager Austin Bleess said about 150 volunteers assisted in filling the helium balloons starting Wednesday night.

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