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The stress in the skin of the giant balloon was formidable, resulting in repeated failures. On one occasion the crew, this time including Maj. William E. Kepner, barely escaped by parachute. PLASTIC BALLOONS Jean Piccard realized that the giant single-cell balloon had reached the end of its practical development. Larger balloons would require heavier fabric with diminishing returns. Small latex balloons were routinely carrying light loads to much greater heights, and Piccard postulated that with a cluster of these he could extend the limits of ballooning.

Accessibility, noise, and terrain are some of the factors that determine airport placement. In response to a number of hijackings and other terrorist threats to commercial aircraft during the 1960s and ’70s, the International Civil Aviation Organization issued several recommendations aimed at air travel. However, compliance with the ICAO measures varied. Essentially the only solid standards were that passenger belongings were screened, and the public was denied access to certain areas. Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, however, airport design and operation have undergone major changes.

Newman. The first transpacific balloon flight was made in 1981 by Americans Abruzzo, Newman, Ron Clark, and Rocky Aoki aboard the helium-filled Double Eagle V. In 1987 British entrepreneur Richard Branson and Swedish aeronaut Per Lindstrand, aboard the Virgin Atlantic Flyer, made the first transatlantic flight in a hot-air balloon. And in 1991, aboard the Otsuka Flyer, they made the first transpacific flight in a hot-air balloon. In 1984 American aviator Joseph W. Kittinger, aboard the helium-filled Rosie O’Grady’s Balloon of Peace, made the first solo transatlantic balloon flight.

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