Hot-Air Balloon High-Altitude World Record Broken Again

6 March,2020

Alicia Hempleman-Adams, from Bath, Somerset, flew an AX4 hot air balloon for an hour and 46 minutes at Calgary in Alberta, Canada, to achieve the new record after flying a hot air balloon to 4604 meters. 

The flight took place in Calgary, Canada, on 7 February 2020. To achieve this height, she was in the air for 1 hour and 46 minutes, and had to endure temperatures of down to -30 degrees Celsius,. 

She also beat the British altitude record of more than 7,500 feet set 25 years ago. 

Hempleman-Adams follows in the footsteps of her father, David Hempleman-Adams, the famous adventurer and holder of 47 world records, including altitude, duration and distance.

“I grew up following my Dad’s incredible exploits and he has been a huge inspiration. He instilled an adventurous spirit in all of us and that has helped me in my life and career.”

Hempleman-Adams’s balloon was built last year in Barcelona from a new type of sustainable double-layered material. Calgary was chosen for its low ground temperature (around -20 degrees Celsius), which helps the balloon operate more efficiently, and for its flat prairies, which are ideal for take-off and landing.


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