Hot air balloon flies underground into Earth for the first time ever

When you hop into a hot air balloon, you expect to fly up. Not anymore. For the first time ever, a hot air balloon was successfully flown down and underground into the Mamet Cave in Croatia. Even better, it was a 70-year-old man who accomplished the feat, dipping down nearly 700 feet into Earth.

Ivan Trifonov, a seventy-year-old Austrian with a Croatian passport, was the first man to try, and succeed in flying a hot-air balloon underground. This experienced hot-air balloon pilot is already a proud holder of 4 Guinness records, and flying into the Mamet Cave, touching it's bottom and successfully flying out of the Cave is likely to be his fifth record, since no-one has ever done such a thing before. For flying underground Trifonov had to use a hot-air balloon specially designed for this unusual, and probably unrepeatable venture. His balloon was smaller than usual, and the brave pilot set on two gas tanks linked with steel pipes, instead of a basket.

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The entrance room to Marvel Cave in Branson, MO is one of the largest in N. America. A guy set an underground altitude record in '63 by flying his hot air balloon around this chamber. Then in '94, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of giving cave tours, they inflated 5 hot air balloons simultaneously and floated them off the cave floor.