There was a night of celebrations in Paris for the three balloonists from Albuquerque, in the United States, following their record-breaking flight across the Atlantic in their helium filled balloon, Double Eagle Two.
GV Truck with balloon Double Eagle II on back in Paris. (5 SHOTS)
GV INT News conference in United States Embassy and three balloonists, Max Anderson, Ben Abruzzo and Larry Newman enter surrounded by newsmen. (2 SHOTS)
CU Ben Abruzzo speaking in English.
CU Larry Anderson laughing, PULL BACK TO GV all three balloonists.
SV Newsmen and photographers taking photographs as balloonists hold up trophy. (5 SHOTS)
ABRUZZO: "Unless frontiers are challenged and the difficult or the impossible, and flying the Atlantic in a balloon is just about impossible (INDISTINCT) if these challenges are not met from time to time, then it appears to me we, we do not move forward as a society, regardless of whether we are flying a balloon across the Atlantic, or flying a, a aeroplane through a world altitude record, or breaking the speed record or writing a fine piece of literature, or what-have you, I think that it all falls into that same category. (INDISTINCT) Many things separated, taken separately as history, in our history, do not seem very important to me at all. And I really, personally feel that this was not all that important, I'm amazed that there are as many of you here as there are, however I'm going to change my mind and begin to feel important, so that if you insist, I bet it is."
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Background: There was a night of celebrations in Paris for the three balloonists from Albuquerque, in the United States, following their record-breaking flight across the Atlantic in their helium filled balloon, Double Eagle Two. The three men, Ben Abruzzo, Max Anderson and Larry Newman landed in Normandy on Thursday (17 August), six days after taking off from America. While they were holding a news conference in the United States Embassy, their balloon was being packed up, ready to be sent back to America.
SYNOPSIS: Much of the fabric of the balloon was snatched by jubilant crowds who surrounded the Double Eagle Two ??? landing, and who wanted a souvenir of the historic flight. The balloon will go on display in the Smithsonian Institute, in Washington near the aircraft of Charles Lindbergh, the first man to fly the Atlantic.
The three balloonists described their light to newsmen, commenting on the hazards they faced while crossing the Atlantic. 48-year-old businessman, Ben Abruzzo explained why they decided to make the 138 hour flight.
Later the balloonists announced that they were now planning to fly by balloon around the world in 30 days. After being presented with one of the many trophies to mark their journey, they said their only disappointment had been that they ran out of gas before seeing the Effel Tower and landing at Le Bourget airport, where Lindbergh ended his pioneer flight across the Atlantic.