- Associated Press - Monday, February 2, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Flags that accompanied the Two Eagles balloon team across the Pacific Ocean on a record-smashing journey have been presented to the city of Albuquerque to commemorate the historic flight.

Pilots Troy Bradley of Albuquerque and Leonid Tiukhtyaev of Russia unveiled the flags during a final debriefing at mission control Monday.

They said they were able to detach the New Mexico and U.S. flags from the balloon after landing in the ocean early Saturday off the coast of Baja California.

The pilots traveled farther and longer in a gas balloon than anyone in history. Still, international aviation officials need to ratify the distance and duration of the flight, a process that can take months.

Bradley and Tiukhtyaev planned to travel to New Mexico’s statehouse on Tuesday, where they will be honored by lawmakers and Gov. Susana Martinez.


Copyright © 2019 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide