Today: Engineering and Physical Sciences CLOSED

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