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20th anniversary of the first round-the-world in balloon with Breitling Orbiter 3

Piccard and Jones took off from the Swiss Alpine village on March 1st, 1999

20 years ago, on March 1st 1999 at 9:09 am, Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones took off from the Swiss Alpine village of Château-d’Oex with the Breitling Orbiter 3 to attempt the first non-stop round-the-world balloon flight.Circumnavigating the globe in a balloon was considered as the final great adventure of the 20th Century. Several billionaires such as Richard Branson and Steve Fossett had made un...

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