Up and away

Up, up and away! Don’t try this at home!

You get the feeling that you really shouldn’t try this at home. It’s a bit like Up! but without the cantankerous old fella, just a bunch of young men with too much time on their hands… and too many balloons to hand!

The question of getting someone to fly with just a bunch of helium filled balloons seems like a problem more akin to Dara O’Briain’s mathematics show than a bunch of back-yard scientists.

How many balloons would it actually take to lift a hefty fella and his chair into the air, possibly never to be seen again. Take a look at the film and see if you can count them.

People have been fascinated by flight for millennia, although this is more float than flight.

For the trivia buffs among you, balloon have long held an interest for us earth-bound mortals, with the currently controversial Chinese lanterns being a popular unmanned version.

Hydrogen was first used to lift a ballon by Jacques Charles and the Robert brothers on August 27, 1783, in Paris. And it was in France that Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and the Marquis François d’Arlandes went up, up and away in the first manned untethered flight on November 21, 1783.

Dreamers always have their heads in the clouds and getting a rise out of going up is one of the things that make us human.

Take a look at the film and dream.