Russian aviation enthusiast, and polar, mountain and oceans explorer, Fedor Konyukhov with expert hot air balloon pilot Ivan Menyaylo.
courtesy Fedor Konyukhov Facebook, SOURCE
"It was very cold, at night it was minus 35 degrees Celsius, during the day it was minus 20," explained Konyukhov.
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June 2016 attempt: A large cell of helium is placed within a specially designed hot-air balloon. Six hot-air burners warm the helium at night, while a system of insulation and vents reduce the effect of solar-heating during the day.
courtesy Fedor Konyukhov, SOURCE
The flight will launch from the Southern Hemisphere: Australia and fly over the Tasman Sea - New Zealand - Pacific Ocean - South America (Chile and Argentina) - the Falkland Islands - the Atlantic Ocean - Africa (South Africa, Cape of Good Hope) - the Indian Ocean - finally landing back in Australia. (click to expand)
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Hot Air Balloon World Record

Posted: Jan 27, 2016 04:58 pm EST


(Newsdesk) Russian hot air balloon pilots, Fedor Konyukhov and Ivan Menyaylo, set a new world record for a hot air balloon flight when they touched down on January 25, 2016, after more than 33 hours in the air.


They entered the world record books on January 25 when they touched down in the Ivanovo region of central Russia after 33 hours flying in a hot air balloon.


"We needed to stay in the air more than 29 hours, we manage to last 33 hours and 30 minutes," Konyukhov told RT after making a safe landing in the village of Shestunikha.


Read more about this January 2016 balloon flight.



Another record-breaking attempt, June 2016


In June of 2016 Fedor Konyukhov will attempt to fly solo and non-stop around the Southern Hemisphere in a balloon.  


Fedor Konyukhov explains that the idea to fly around the world in a balloon first came to him in 1992. “I was stationed at a base camp of Mt. Everest, preparing to climb the summit, when I heard talk of a flight, the year before over Mt. Everest by balloon. Since that time I’ve been working towards my dream to fly around the world in a balloon. I have worked on this project for the last 23 years.”


Read more on about the previous records, daily routine, the balloon and the altitude.



The explorer, artist and priest gives a short biography on his website: “During my life I have made more than 40 unique expeditions and ascents, including four voyages round the world, fifteen times across the Atlantic and reached the world's first five poles of our planet: the Geographic North, Geographic South Pole, the Pole of Inaccessibility in the Arctic Ocean, Mount Everest (Pole height), Cape Horn (Yachtsmen pole).” 


Fedor Konyukhov has done 4 full route North Pole ski expeditions


- in 1988 together with Dmitry Shparo and team from Cape Arktichesky in the first North Pole crossing without motor, dog, or wind support, 1725 km


- in 1989 as part of Vladimir Chukov's team from Smith Island, 940 km

- in 1990, 950km from Cape Lokot; he had no ski team mates but was assisted with resupplies (therefore no solo status)

- 2013 Geographic North Pole dogsled expedition with Victor Simonov to Cape Columbia.


In 1995-96 Fedor skied solo, no resupplies, from Hercules Inlet to the South Pole, 1130km.


In 2012, at age 60 Fedor climbed Everest for a second time. He also completed the Seven Summits.


Fedor is an accomplished sailor as he proofed with his 102 day record around the Antarctica Cup Racetrack.





Hot Air Balloon World Record


Fedor Konyukhov, 62, finished Pacific Ocean row in 160 days


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