Konyukhov Balloon Flight 2016 (11 mins)

In this video Dick Smith is assisting Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov in his record-breaking circumnavigation of the Earth in a hot air balloon, in just over 11 days. July 2016.

Dick, who had assisted Fedor many years prior on one of his first adventures (a solo sail around the world), was there to assist Fedor at both the take off in Northam, Western Australia, and the landing in Bonnie Rock, Western Australia.

The footage of the landing was recorded by Dick as he ran towards the balloon. Dick was beckoning for people to attach the trail rope to a motor vehicle, to stop the balloon from continuing it’s dangerous slide across the landscape towards trees.

Watch out for the part where one of the gas cylinders ejects dangerous, volatile liquid gas which could have easily caught alight – luckily it didn’t. (11 mins)