AN ADVENTURER has taken off in a BOAT attached to hundreds of balloons as part of a test flight for an ambitious attempt to cross the ATLANTIC. Jonathan Trappe was cheered on by crowds this morning at the Festival Del Globo del Leon, in Mexico, as he took off dawn local time (16/11/2012).
Trappe was testing out new equipment - including a seven foot boat - to see if his dream of crossing the Atlantic in 2013 could become a reality.
Accompanied by his co-pilot Nidia Ramirez, the adventurer will now fly across Mexico for 11 hours.
A bystander said: "Everyone stood right next to it holding him down. Then they said launch and he let the ballast go and off he went -- there was no stopping him.