Three America's Challenge Balloons Land Sunday Evening
As the sun rises over the United States this Monday morning, just one balloon is stil flying in the Ninth America's Challenge -- the last to launch. Team 18, with Richard Abruzzo and Gary Johnson aboard, continues to move slowly eastward across Oklahoma. Team 18 moved into the lead early yesterday evening when the German team of Gerd Strasmann and Rainer Herkenhoff landed just outside Oklahoma City.
The other three competitors who were still flying yesterday evening, Team 4 with David and Alan Levin, Team 1 with Lesley Pritchard and Jack Mullen, and Team 10 with Andy Cayton and Stuart Enloe, all landed during the night and are all reported to be safe. Preliminary data indicates that the Levin brothers exceeded Team 8's distance before they landed, moving them up a position in the race.
Abruzzo and Johnson have now been in the air about 34 hours and have flown more than 600 miles.