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Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones

 

Piccard and Jones celebrate

In March 1999, Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones achieve the first round-the-world flight in a balloon, aboard the Breitling Orbiter III, from March 1 to March 21 1999.

Sub-ClassType of RecordPerformanceDateClaimantStatusId
AM-15 Altitude 11 737 m 1999-03-20 Piccard (SUI) ratified - superseded since approved 5963
AM-15 Distance 40 814 km 1999-03-21 Piccard (SUI) ratified - current record 5957
AM-15 Duration 477 h. 47 min. 1999-03-21 Piccard (SUI) ratified - current record 5958
AM-15 Shortest time around the world 370 h. 24 min. 1999-03-20 Piccard (SUI) ratified - superseded since approved 5959
A-Absolute Distance 40 814 km 1999-03-21 Piccard (SUI) ratified - current record 5960
A-Absolute Duration 477 h. 47 min. 1999-03-21 Piccard (SUI) ratified - current record 5961
A-Absolute Shortest time around the world 370 h. 24 min. 1999-03-20 Piccard (SUI) ratified - superseded since approved 5962
C-1 Speed around the world. Eastbound 53.76 km/h 1959-09-20 Gluckmann (USA) ratified - retired by changes of the sporting code 1999