Balloonists Locked in Tight Race Across America

The Swiss duo of Nicolas Tièche and Laurent Sciboz (Team 6), have covered 1138 miles and are flying over Wisconsin toward the Great Lakes. Defending champions Barbara Fricke and Peter Cuneo of the U.S. (Team 1) have covered 1124 miles! In this race, U.S. (Team 1) has also snatched the lead from the Swiss duo (Team 6), who in turn regained the lead, overnight.

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Incredible Journey of a Japanese Balloon Bomb

On February 23, 1945, three preteen boys, Larry Bailey and brothers Ken and Bob Fein, were playing in North Dorr, Michigan, near the Fein’s house. All of a sudden, a mysterious object appeared floating overhead and descend at a 45° angle. The boys knew that it was about to land close by. “We were so excited, we got a family friend Joe Wolf to come with us in his pickup truck, and we tracked it,” said Bailey.

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