April 7, 1999
Breitling Orbiter to Land in Smithsonian
This fall, visitors to the Smithsonian Institution's Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., will see the Breitling Orbiter 3, the first manned balloon ever to make a non-stop trip around the earth. Breitling announced the record-breaking balloon will be permanently housed at the museum following a brief stay in a museum in Lucerne, Switzerland.
The Orbiter was built in England and registered and financed in Switzerland. Crew members Dr. Bertrand Piccard of Switzerland and Brian Jones of England completed their three-week record-breaking trip on March 21 when they landed in Egypt after flying 29,055 miles. The crew is currently on a U.S. tour, including an appearance on the "Today" show, "Late Show with David Letterman" and other talk shows.
Breitling, Stamford, CT, (203) 327-1411, www.breitling.com.
- by Michael Thompson