Aerial Footage Shows French Man Atop Soaring Hot-Air Balloon as Record Claimed

France’s Remi Ouvrard claimed a new world record on November 10 by standing on top of a hot-air balloon 4,016 meters (13,175 feet) up in the sky over Chatellerault.

Dressed as an astronaut, the balloonist posted video of himself while 3,637 meters above ground, an altitude that matched the phone number of an annual Telethon campaign to raise money for neuromuscular diseases. The balloon continued past 4,000 meters, local news said, shattering Ouvrard’s previous record of 1,217 meters.

The balloon was being operated by Ouvrard’s father. The trip, according to local news, lasted almost 90 minutes.

The Grand Chatellerault Twitter account posted this video showing the balloon, and Ouvrard, soaring over Chatellerault. Credit: Grand Chatellerault via Storyful

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