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Offline RYou

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Ballon Man
« on: September 02, 2020, 05:37:30 PM »
David Blaine flying while tethered to weather balloons over the Arizona desert

https://www.thewrap.com/david-blaine-lands-ascension-stunt/

Lift is around 2:20
Descent is around 2:51

Don't know what happened to the balloons.  Presumably they shot upward

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Re: Ballon Man
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2020, 05:44:36 PM »
It looks like he is holding on by his hand only.  I'm sure he was strapped in.  I'm not sure I'd wnat to do that unless the system detached me on hypoxia/blackout and deployed my chute for me. 

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Re: Ballon Man
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2020, 07:09:21 PM »
That was their intent to draw the audience and media.  It was advertised as "while holding on.  But mid flight he lets go to fuss around with a camera and to put the parachute on with both hands.  He didn't put the chute on until around 7000 feet.  I suspect they had a means of remotely severing the the safety line and deploying the chute in the event he blacked out.  He had a small oxygen supply on which he used upwards of 20,000.