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Real Life UP? British balloon adventurer soars high above South Africa

South African people found a bizarre thing flying in the air and it was neither a bird nor an aircraft. It was a man, Tom Morgan, from the United Kingdom’s industrial city Bristol who took to the skies near Johannesburg.

Sitting on a camping chair tied with 100 helium-filled party balloons, the daredevil flew 15 miles (24km) in two hours, reaching an altitude of 8,300 feet (2,530 metres). The flight reminded many of Disney flick UP!

Describing his experience, Morgan said: “It was a fairly indescribable feeling, wafting across Africa on a cheap camping chair dangling from a load of balloons.”

This 38-year-old man, founder of The Adventurists company, aims to organise “the world’s most ridiculous air race” of men hanging from helium balloons and after his flight he is “more convinced than ever.”

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