Up, Up and Away

- Joy Pecknold, Passport blog editor

Here’s a flight unlike any other.

For their new series, “How Hard Can It Be?” debuting in the fall, National Geographic created a real version of the floating house from Disney’s animated film, Up.

Engineers built a 16 x 16 x 18-foot house and filled 300 eight-foot coloured weather balloons, each containing the equivalent of one helium tank. Launched from an airfield in Los Angeles, it flew for an hour and soared up over 10,000 feet breaking a record for balloon flight.

Hot air balloon dates just got a lot less impressive. Why just give a gal a ride, when you can give her a ride and real estate with one hell of a view.

  1. I think I saw this on tv – there’s no way I’d fly in a house that’s balloon powered!