Gondola, Breitling Orbiter 3

Gondola, Breitling Orbiter 3
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On March 21, 1999, Bertrand Piccard and Bryan Jones guided Breitling Orbiter 3, the first balloon to fly around the world non-stop, to a safe landing on a desolate stretch of desert in Western Egypt. Designed and built by Cameron Balloons, of Bristol, England, Breitling Orbiter 3 stood 180 feet (55 meters) tall when fully inflated. The basic structure is yellow and orange with the inscription, Breitling Orbiter 3. The upper structure houses burners and equipment.

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Dane Penland

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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, NASM Original Photography, NASM Acc. 2012-0026.


Aircraft; Aviation; Balloons & Airships; Private

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