Balloon adventurer reaches 15,000ft sitting on his office chair

Ever wished that you could just fly away out of the office window in your chair? Well that's pretty much what one man has just done after attaching 55 helium balloons to his office chair.

Reaching heights of nearly 15,000ft, the office worker had to wear an oxygen mask for part of the flight and thick warm clothes to cope with the -15c temperatures he experienced at such heights.

After spending upwards of £45,000 on his adventure and two years gaining his Federal Aviation Administration licence, the adrenalin junkie flew through 60 miles of North Carolina's skies for three hours with his simple balloon and chair aircraft.

Although steering was a slight problem for the adventurer, ascending and descending was manageable through the release of water which was used as ballast. When the airman wanted to come down, he simply popped some of the balloons with a sharp knife he carried.

Although it could need some refining and the cost may be an issue, flying to work in this style would mean you could go to and from work without ever needing to leave your chair.

[Image © online hero via Flickr, under Creative Commons Licence]

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