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We're going to take hundreds of giant helium balloons, strap them to a rowboat, and fly across the Atlantic Ocean.
Jonathan R Trappe
Presque Isle, Maine
United States
4 Team Members


UPDATE!  We completed our test flights in Leon, Mexico!  Success!

We test-flew the little yellow boat, under helium balloons, to over 20,000 feet-- in manned flight! We even tested landing on a lake, to test the viability of landing on water-- if we need to ditch at sea. Check out our flying boat!  This is the trans-Atlantic shakeout flight!

For the next test, I built and flew a massive cluster of balloons-- like we will need for the Atlantic Ocean;  I used that cluster to fly a house!  We had partnership to pay for the helium, and this allowed us to test building a massive cluster-- which serves as a proof-of-concept that we can actually build a cluster of balloons large enough for our trans-Atlantic dreams!

Video here;

Great pics in the Telegraph!



I want to take a huge cluster of toy helium balloons, tie them to my tiny yellow boat, and fly across the Atlantic Ocean.

This childhood dream is an achievable reality. I can totally do this.

Didn’t you have a dream like this?  As a child, didn’t you wonder if it could be done?

Years have been spent to get to this point, and we are an the brink of making history.  I am an experienced pilot and I've flown cluster balloons many times.

I've conquered the English Channel, departing England, floating out over the iconic White Cliffs of Dover, and landing in the welcoming fields of France. 

On a bitter cold night, many months later, I launched in France, crossed the Alps, and landed in the deep green fields of Italy the next morning.

If you open the 2012 Guinness Book of World Records, you will see me on the first full page, flying away in manned flight under the largest cluster of balloons ever built.  Well, the largest built so far…

Because there she is, looming in front of us: The Atlantic Ocean.  Nobody has made an attempt like this, and together, you and I might just ride the winds across the skies, and across the seas, to wonderful success.

What We Need 

Can you imagine the number of balloons it takes? Even to get off the ground I need a massive cluster. But to be successful in this journey together we will need to build the largest cluster of balloons ever flown — eclipsing the current world record we set previously. We will need to fly longer than anyone has ever flown like this. 

I will need wind. I will need helium. I will need hope. 

To succeed, I need that precious, invisible gas: helium. I need 106,215 cubic feet of helium. That is the exact amount needed for this Indiegogo project.  It is sold by Praxair, an industrial gas provider. It is invisible, yet vital.

There will be a television documentary made. If you cause this flight to happen, you will see what you have created. In news reports during the crossing, in the documentary that is to follow, you will know what you helped to make happen: dreams, inspiration, and genuine adventure for millions of people, even in our modern times.

The Impact

The stunning imagery produced during our expeditions takes people back to their childhood dreams. It is inspoirational.  It is beuatiful. And it is unique.

The seemingly impossible is up for grabs. If we can throw ourselves into this great challenge and succeed, it reminds all of us what we can achieve as individuals, and as a team.

The project is real, and well documented.  Our previous adventures were news sensations; covered live on TV, online and in newspapers around the world.  

Other Ways You Can Help

I'm here, on the coast of Maine, in the USA-- staring at the sea, staring at the sand, and dreaming of what we can do, while working towards the goal.  In addition to the helium, I need a launch site in Presque Isle or Caribou, Maine:  A grassy field where I can stage the helium.  Reach out if you might like to host the launch.

I need helium.  And I need you.  This is not a solitary event.  I need so many people to come out in the dead of night and inflate balloons, when the moment comes.  I need you to follow the flight as it unfolds—I will have a tracker that will show my progress on the website, as I fly.  I need you to root for me, as you see the progress in the press.  I need you to catch me from the sky when I make it across the ocean to any dry land on the far side of the sea.

If we can just get enough balloons, helium and hope, we can do something truly incredible.



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  • $19USD
    Team membership with photos

    We have made some beautiful flights, and some amazing photos have been captured-- across the Alps, across the English Channel, and others. I will deliver this perk via email to you following your contribution. This perk makes you a team-member, and you will receive communications by e-mail as we progress to the flight, right up through launch and to landing.

    20 out of 9999 claimed
  • $99USD
    Balloon Mail

    I will carry letters - commemorative first-day covers, in the form of postal mail across the Atlantic Ocean! I will carry these letters on the flight, and upon my arrival across the sea I will send that remembrance to you by post, documenting the flight we made together, and our landing across the sea.

    7 out of 999 claimed
  • $999USD
    One of the giant balloons!

    These are the actual balloons that will carry a man across the seas! They are massive, colorful, and are an actual piece of the aircraft! Latex-style, one-time-use balloon: giant, colorful, and historic!

    0 out of 200 claimed
  • $999USD
    Team Jacket

    Inflation Team Jacket, embroidered with the logo of the adventure. The flight is to launch from Northern Maine, and this is the official team jacket-- rugged and warm-- that the private crew will have protecting them at the launch.

    1 out of 25 claimed
  • $4,999USD
    Custom Branded Balloon

    In advance of the flight we will have a balloon custom made with your logo or message, and your balloon will carry a person across the seas. Upon landing, your balloon-- the actual aircraft envelope that accomplished the crossing--will be personally autographed and sent to you along with a signed letter and details of the flight. This is a re-usable balloon that can be re-inflated and can be kept or displayed for years.

    0 out of 50 claimed
  • $19,999USD
    Survival Suit - PIlot

    This crossing is a serious endeavor. Human life is at stake, and we go to great lengths to protect everyone involved, including the pilot. This perk is the actual cold-water survival suit designed to preserve human life should a forced ditching at sea occur. This is the actual life-saving device, the full sized suit, carried on the crossing and worn to preserve life if ditching into the cold sea. Rugged, serious, life-saving: a piece of history, and perhaps the life-saving element.

    0 out of 1 claimed
  • $49,999USD
    The Gondola Itself

    This is the actual flight gondola itself. This is the compartment that will be used to carry a man across the seas, attached only to helium balloons. This is an open-water, extremely rugged, double-hulled rigid lifeboat that the pilot will ride across the skies, from the USA to the Continent. This is the mother lode-- the actual pilot compartment, the actual little yellow boat flown through the quiet skies with only wind, helium, and hope.

    0 out of 1 claimed
  • $100,000USD
    Premium sponsorship

    If you are an organisation that would like to harness the power of our unique expedition this perk allows you to place custom branding on our external balloons, brand our clothing, our take-off site, my boat and ground crew.

    0 out of 3 claimed
  • $300,000USD
    Platinum sponsorship

    If you want this incredible and unique brand sponsorship this is the perk for you. My flight will capture the imagination of the world - and you will get amazing global reach from this once in a lifetime opportunity.

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