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Troy Bradley has spent his lifetime in the air.
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#TwoEagles Balloon Team Breaking News!

Two Eagles Transpacific Balloon Crossing Go for Launch

Albuquerque, NM: The team is ready, weather conditions look great, and Two Eagles pilots Leonid Tiukhtyaev and Troy Bradley are preparing for an early Friday morning launch (Thursday afternoon Mountain Standard Time (MST) in the US, or Thursday evening GMT (Z)) in their international quest to complete a transpacific crossing in a helium balloon. The team began moving equipment to the launch site in Saga, Japan on Wednesday afternoon local (approximately 12 AM MST or 0700Z).
The Two Eagles launch and Mission Control teams received a “standby” message at about the 48-hour mark before the anticipated launch. This is the signal for the team in Japan to begin staging equipment at the launch site and the flight support team in the US to convene in Albuquerque to begin operations at the Mission Control Center at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum.

After further analysis of weather and launch conditions, the team received a “go” notice later Wednesday evening (MST). This moved the process into the next phase, preparations to inflate the giant 350,000 cu. ft. (9,911 cu meter) balloon with helium. The team will also load the 287 40-pound sandbags that will provide ballast (expendable weight for maneuvering), and all the equipment and provisions the pilots will need for up to 10 days in flight.
If weather conditions remain favorable, including very light winds at the launch site coupled with faster winds at altitude to facilitate a successful transit of the Pacific, the team will begin to fill the balloon, with the goal of launching in the early morning hours (3 AM-6 AM) Friday local time in Saga (Thursday approximately 11 AM – 2 PM MST or 1800-2100Z). The first part of the balloon’s track will take it over land, which will give Bradley and Tiukhtyaev time to check out their equipment and make sure the balloon is performing as expected before venturing out over water. Early forecasts are that the balloon will pass north of the Hawaiian Islands approximately three days into the flight, with landfall in North America in about five days.

The goal of the flight is to set a new distance record for straight gas balloons (balloons solely using a lighter-than-air gas like helium for lift). The current record of 8,382.54 km / 5,208 mi was set by the Double Eagle V Albuquerque-based team of Ben Abruzzo, Larry Newman, Ron Clark, and Rocky Aoki in 1981 during the only previous manned gas balloon transpacific crossing. The team would also like to best another hallowed world record: the gas balloon duration record set in 1978 by Abruzzo, Newman, and Maxie Anderson aboard Double Eagle II. They stayed aloft 137 hours, 5 minutes and 50 seconds during their history-making flight, the first successful transatlantic crossing by balloon.
The Mission Control Center in Albuquerque will begin operations on Thursday morning, as support for the flight passes from the launch team in Saga to the hands of the specialists who will provide weather, navigational, and other support from Mission Control. The Two Eagles website, www.twoeaglesballoonteam.com, will include live tracking of the balloon’s position and regular updates from Mission Control, as well as lots of information on the balloon, the team members, and the flight. The team will also be providing information, photos, and much more through their Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest, YouTube, Instagram, Tumblr, Flickr, and Google social media pages.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TwoEaglesBalloonTeam
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Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/twoeaglesballoonteam
Tumblr: http://twoeaglesballoonteam.tumblr.com/
Google: https://plus.google.com/117257208839520786955
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#WorldRecordAttemp

For Immediate Release
Contact: Kim Vesely: media@twoeaglesballoonteam.com
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Balloon Museum to be command center for record attempt #TwoEagles

By Rosalie Rayburn / Journal Staff Writer
UPDATED: Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 5:42 pm
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 4:39 pm

Albuquerque’s Balloon Museum will be command central to monitor progress of a pair of pilots seeking to shatter a decades-old distance record in a gas balloon next year.

Troy Bradley of Albuquerque and his longtime ballooning friend Leonid Tiukhtyaev from Russia plan to launch their Two Eagles gas balloon from Saga, Japan, early in 2015, hoping to fly at least 6,000 miles to the California coast, or further, Bradley said at a news conference at the museum Wednesday.

Tiuhtyaev participated in the conference via Skype from Moscow.
Their flight is an attempt to break the flight duration record of 137 hours and 6 minutes set in 1978 by Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson and Larry Newman, who flew the Double Eagle II from Maine to France, the first successful transatlantic flight.

They also are hoping to break the 1981 long distance record of 5,208 miles set by the Double Eagle V piloted by Abruzzo, Newman, Rocky Aoki and Ron Clark.

“We are the home of adventure in New Mexico, we have world class and world renowned adventurers here,” said Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry, who spoke at the conference.

The command center at the museum will house technology to monitor  the flight’s track, speed, altitude and position as it progresses from Japan across the Pacific Ocean, Bradley said.
“On any flight of this nature,” he said, “there is always the possibility of things going wrong. We have to have a team tracking us.”
There also will be a physician on the team to answer questions from  the pilots.

The pilots chose the name in remembrance of the two previous record-breaking balloons. The eagle is also a symbol used by both the U.S. and Russia.

Bradley said they will use helium gas and ballast, flying at altitudes ranging from 15,000 to 28,000 feet.

Belgian meteorologist Luc Trullemans, who helped balloonist Steve Fossett in his journey around the globe in 2002, will advise Bradley and Tiukhtyaev on weather conditions.
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Helium balloonists wish to establish a new distance record
According to an Associated Press report, balloon pilots Troy Bradley and Leonid Tiukhtyaev will make an attempt at the long-distance flight in the first part of next year. 

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Pilots unveil plans to break long-distance record

(AP) An international team led by two veteran pilots has set its sights on breaking a pair of major long-distance records when it launches its helium-filled balloon from Japan in early 2015. Albuquerque pilot Troy Bradley and his partner, Russian pilot Leonid Tiukhtyaev, detailed their plans during a news conference Wednesday in Albuquerque. They’re aiming for the shores of North America, an attempt that will put them on course to break a distance record of 5,208 miles that has stood for more than three decades. They’re also looking to break the flight-duration record set in 1978 when Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson and Larry Newman made the first trans-Atlantic balloon flight. The announcement by Bradley and Tiukhtyaev comes as hundreds of pilots and thousands of spectators gather in Albuquerque for the annual international balloon fiesta. Source: http://mynews13.com/
http://newsinfl.com/pilots-unveil-plans-to-break-long-distance-record/

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Luc Trullemans,  #TwoEagles Meteorologist

Luc is undeniably the world’s premier meteorologist for long distance and duration balloon flights. His record is unparalleled in guiding balloons through complex weather patterns to a successful conclusion. He was the meteorologist for both Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones on the first Around-The-World Roziere balloon flight, and Steve Fossett’s solo Around-The-World balloon flight. He has also provided the meteorological support for numerous Gordon Bennett winners. Proper weather forecasting is the key on our attempt, and Luc is the best in the world at it.
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Troy Bradley, #TwoEagles Pilot

At 50, Troy has spent his lifetime in the air. Soloing at age 14, he has logged more than 6,200 hours aloft, and has nearly 60 world ballooning records to his credit.

His many awards include the highest honor placed on balloonists worldwide, the Montgolfiere Diploma, for exceptional achievement in ballooning. He is the first person in history to set records in gas, hot air, and Roziere balloons. (Roziere balloons are hybrid balloons that use both hot air and helium.)

In 1992, he made the first US to Africa balloon flight and set the absolute duration record (6 days) for all types of balloons. In 2002, Troy broke the oldest standing aviation record flying a very tiny gas balloon over 1,200 miles. The previous record of 500 miles stood for 80 years.

Troy owns and operates a commercial balloon company called "Star Trail, Inc. ", and lives with his wife, Tami and their two children in Albuquerque, NM. For more information about Troy Bradley and his accomplishments, please visit his web site: http://www.ballooningbradleys.com.
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