ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (AP) -- An international team led by two veteran pilots has set its sights on breaking a pair of major long-distance records when it launches its helium-filled balloon from Japan in early 2015.
Albuquerque pilot Troy Bradley and his partner, Russian pilot Leonid Tiukhtyaev, detailed their plans during a news conference Wednesday in Albuquerque.
They're aiming for the shores of North America, an attempt that will put them on course to break a distance record of 5,208 miles that has stood for more than three decades.
They're also looking to break the flight-duration record set in 1978 when Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson and Larry Newman made the first trans-Atlantic balloon flight.
The announcement by Bradley and Tiukhtyaev comes as hundreds of pilots and thousands of spectators gather in Albuquerque for the annual international balloon fiesta.