National Geographic Creates House From Disney Movie, UP, And Actually Flies!
The Up! house which was part of a National Geographic TV series called How Hard Can It Be? It was 10 stories high, including the balloons. It reached 10,000 feet and flew for about one hour.
Record: Dozens of volunteers worked around the clock in the Californain desert to get the custom-built house airborne with the aid of 300 eight-foot-high helium balloons
Using 300 helium-filled weather balloons, a team of scientists, engineers, two balloon pilots and dozens of volunteers, they managed to get the small house 10,000 feet into the air.
Of course it was not a real house, but a custom-built light weight one.
Executive producer Ben Bowie said: ‘We found that it is actually close to impossible to fly a real house.’
Producer Ian White added: ‘But what we can do is kind of fly a light-weight house and fly it safely with people on board.’
Away!: The house and two pilots soared 10,000 feet into the air for more than an hour over the desert
Each of the balloons were eight-feet high and filled with a whole tank of helium.
As well as getting the house to fly, they set a world record for largest cluster balloon flight ever attempted.
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