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Jonathan Trappe Flies in House with Helium Balloons, Replicating Disney Film 'Up'

| by Michael Allen

Balloonist Jonathan Trappe recently launched a house into the sky, powered by balloons, just like the character Carl Frederickson in the Disney movie 'Up.'

Trappe flew above the Leon International Balloon festival in Mexico yesterday in his cartoon-inspired home, reports the Daily Mail.

The trip was a warm-up for Trappe's planned flight across the Atlantic scheduled for next summer. He plans to make the 2,500 mile trip across the ocean in a seven-foot lifeboat carried by 365 huge helium balloons. The trip will cost $170,000.

The custom-made lifeboat will cruise between 18,000 feet and 25,000 feet, which would beat Trappe's previous world altitude record of 21,600 feet.

Trappe said of his profession: "I didn't wake up one day and think, 'I'm going to fly across the Atlantic.' Every attempt before this was geared towards this flight. I've been training for a long time. It's about living an interesting life, for me as the pilot and those watching. So, one day we can look back and say: 'Humankind were able to pull this off. They did it.'"