Per Lindstrand

Per Lindstrand advises the World Air League on LTA technical matters and lessons from his record setting experiences

November 9, 2008

OSWESTRY, SHROPSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM - Per Lindstrand, Historic Balloonist and Lighter-Than-Air Pioneer and Commissioner Don Hartsell met to discuss the technologies of the World Sky Race. Per Lindstrand is a Swedish aeronautical engineer, pilot and adventurer. He is particularly known for his series of record-breaking trans-oceanic hot air balloon flights and, later, attempts to be the first to fly a Rozière balloon around the Earth - all with British entrepreneur, Sir Richard Branson. His distance, duration and altitude records have made him one of the best known balloonists and aerostat designers and engineers in the world. He has captured every absolute world record for hot air balloon flight. In an attempt to be the first to fly a balloon of any type around the world, in December 1998, Lindstrand, partnered by Richard Branson and Steve Fossett, flew for 7 days and covered over 20,000 km in a Rozière balloon, launching from Morocco and landing in the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii. At the recommendation of Lindstrand, the World Sky Race will include pre-program testing to include advances in meterological forecasting. The primary purpose will be to improve race safety and fuel endurance for the competitors.

Per Lindstrand and Don Hartsell

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