Russian hot air balloon duration record attempt
Fedor Konyukhov and Ivan Menyalo took off this early morning at 05:45 AM from frozen river Volga near ancient city Kostroma (350 km east of Moscow). They are trying to set new Russian duration hot air balloon record for AX-9 type. Current national record – 17 hours and 49 minutes (set by Vladimir Gladkov in February 2013).
President of Russian Ballooning Federation - Leonid Tiukhtyaev was at the start and wished both pilots to set new benchmark for Russian hot air balloon sport. In his opinion the air temperature is slightly too warm but not much wind and so far this is the best conditions we could find in March.
The balloon (3 950 m3) was built in Russia by RUSBAL company. Sponsor of the record attempt – B&N Bank.
You can follow the flight by this link: https://share.delorme.com