Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Nebraska man bursts balloon record

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) -- Rich Jaworski stayed aloft in a hot-air balloon in
bitter-cold temperatures near here for nearly a day, breaking his own flight
duration record by more than 10 hours.

Jaworski, of Blair, Neb., took off from Grand Forks at 10:14 a.m. Sunday and
landed at 9:27 a.m. on Monday, about nine miles southwest of Page.

Jaworski set the old mark of 13 hours and 13 minutes in February. The mark
of 23 hours and 13 minutes set world records for duration in the AX-4 and
AX-5 balloon categories, his Web site said.

Jaworski and his team chose Grand Forks for the Sunday morning launch
because of the bitter cold weather and low elevation.

The temperature at launch was 21 degrees below zero.

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