- Abruzzo, Ben L.
▪ American balloonistborn June 9, 1930, Rockford, Ill., U.S.died Feb. 11, 1985, Albuquerque, N.M.American balloonist who, with three crew mates, made the first transpacific balloon flight and the longest nonstop balloon flight, in the Double Eagle V.Abruzzo graduated from the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana) in 1952 and served two years in the U.S. Air Force at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, N.M. (1952–54). He settled in Albuquerque and became a real-estate developer. He, as well as his wife and children, became active in skiing, boating, sailing, tennis, flying, and ballooning. In 1978 Abruzzo, with Maxie Anderson (Anderson, Maxie) (q.v.) and Larry Newman, made the first transatlantic balloon flight in the Double Eagle II. In 1979 Abruzzo and Anderson won the Gordon Bennett race in the Double Eagle III.The transpacific flight, with Abruzzo as captain and teammates Larry Newman and Ron Clark, both of Albuquerque, and Rocky Aoki, a Japanese-American restaurateur from Miami, who partly financed the flight, was launched from Nagashima, Japan, on Nov. 9, 1981. The balloon landed, 84 hr 31 min later, in the Mendocino National Forest in California on November 12. The flight covered 5,768 miles (9,244 km), the longest balloon flight in history.Abruzzo, who died in a plane crash, held nine world balloon records, more than any other balloonist.
* * *
Look at other dictionaries:
Ben Abruzzo — Infobox Person name = Ben Abruzzo image size = 150px caption = Ben Abruzzo birth name = birth date = June 9, 1930 birth place = death date = February 11, 1985 death place = death cause = resting place = resting place coordinates = residence =… … Wikipedia
Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum — The Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is a museum dedicated to the world wide history, science, and art of all types of ballooning and lighter than air flight. It s located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA and is situated… … Wikipedia
Anderson, Maxie — ▪ American balloonist byname of Max Leroy Anderson born Sept. 10, 1934, Sayre, Okla., U.S. died June 27, 1983, near Bad Brückenau, W.Ger. balloonist who, with Ben Abruzzo (Abruzzo, Ben L.) and Larry Newman, made the first transatlantic… … Universalium
ballooning — Flying in a balloon in competition or for recreation. Sport ballooning began in the early 20th century and became popular in the 1960s. The balloons used are of lightweight synthetic materials (e.g., polyester coated in aluminized mylar) and are… … Universalium
balloon flight — ▪ aviation Introduction passage through the air of a balloon that contains a buoyant gas, such as helium or heated air, for which reason it is also known as lighter than air free flight. Unmanned balloons have been used to carry meteorological… … Universalium
Avenue Q — logo Music … Wikipedia
List of stage names — This list of stage names lists performers alphabetically according to surname (assumed or genuine) and their nickname. Individuals who have dropped their last name and substituted their middle name as their last name are listed. Also listed are… … Wikipedia
Nom De Scène — Un nom de scène est un pseudonyme utilisé par les acteurs, comédiens, musiciens et autres célébrités. Sommaire : Haut A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z A … Wikipédia en Français
Nom artistique — Nom de scène Un nom de scène est un pseudonyme utilisé par les acteurs, comédiens, musiciens et autres célébrités. Sommaire : Haut A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z A … Wikipédia en Français
Nom de scene — Nom de scène Un nom de scène est un pseudonyme utilisé par les acteurs, comédiens, musiciens et autres célébrités. Sommaire : Haut A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z A … Wikipédia en Français