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Christian Brown's Glass-Bottomed Balloon is Not for the Faint of Heart

By: Katie Cordrey - Published: Sep 7, 2010 • References: gizmodo and today.msnbc.msn
The glass-bottomed balloon was designed to fly over the Alps and provide a view of the scenery below. It made its first flight at the 2010 Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.

Christian Brown created the world's only glass-bottomed balloon and claims that flying in it is a "terrifying experience." Brown is a veteran hot air balloon pilot with nearly two decades' experience. He even traveled around the world in a hot air balloon with Sir Richard Branson, but nether that experience or Brown's world record of 10,000 feet in a tethered hot air balloon prepared him for the fright of glass-bottom balloon flight.