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January 28, 1998

In 1998, Andy Nelson and navigator Bertrand Piccard, in the Breitling Orbiter II set the world record for endurance at nine days and 17 hours - or, to be exact, 233 hours and 55 minutes. But the journey was stopped when they were not allowed to over-fly China. The preparation took more than four years with a team of 13 people. Bertrand is the grandson of the balloon flight pioneer, Auguste Piccard. With Brian Jones, Bertrand accomplished the first complete non-stop round-the-world flight March 21, 1999 in the Breitling Orbiter 3.

Books in our collection

 Around the world in 20 days: the story of our history-making balloon flight  by Bertrand Piccard, Brian Jones

Taking flight: inventing the aerial age from antiquity through the first World War by Richard Hallion

Ballooning: a history 1782-1900 by S.L. Kotar, J.E. Gessler