First Pacific crossing by hot air balloon
Per Lindstrand , Richard Branson
73600 square metre(s)
Japan ()

Richard Branson and Per Lindstrand crossed the Pacific in the Virgin Otsuka Pacific Flyer from the southern tip of Japan to Lac la Matre, Yukon, north-western Canada on January 15-17, 1991 in a 73,600 m 3 2.6 million ft³ balloon (the largest ever flown) to set FAI records for duration (46 hrs 15 mins) and distance (great circle 7671.9 km 4768 miles).

Watch Per and Richard discuss their ballooning adventures in our 60th anniversary video below.