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|Subject: Hot Balloon Flight, October 1984 Sun May 06, 2012 7:44 am|| |
In 1962, Col. Joe Kittinger became the first man in space and he wasn't there long. He jumped out of a high-altitude balloon at 102,800 feet to became the first human to break the speed of sound without a vehicle. In 1984, he became the first person to cross the Atlantic solo in a hot air balloon. But there was a chapter left out of his legendary ballooning career. For several years, Kittinger was Michael Jackson's private pilot.
“We were flying fairly low,” Bansemer said, “and we flew over what looked like an elementary school with children playing in the playground, and he started to sing to them, and of course they had no idea who that was. Who would think, ‘Hey, that’s Michael Jackson?’ We were high enough that he wasn’t highly recognizable.”http://growingbolder.com/media/entertainment/music/joe-kittinger-flies-michael-jackson-359100.html
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