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- Fedor Konyukhov successfully completed his journey around the world in a hot air balloon and landed near the small town of Bonnie Rock in Australia on July 23, at 11:11 Moscow time.
- The famous Russian adventurer has broken the world record by circumnavigating the Earth in just 11 days. The previous record set by American Steve Fosset 14 years ago has been beaten by almost two days.
- The iconic #toyota #hilux #pickup participated in all pre-flight activities and met Fedor at the landing point, (as the official vehicle of this around-the-world balloon flight project).
Today, a new chapter has been written in the chronicle of amazing human achievements. #fedorkonyukhov
, the famous Russian adventurer, has set a world record for circumnavigating the globe non-stop in a hot air balloon in just 11 days. The previous record set by the American balloonist Steve Fosset was beat by two days.
Fedor Konyukhov's ambitious undertaking was directly supported by #toyota
, with the new #toyota #hilux
as the official vehicle of this amazing journey. Over a year ago, the legendary #toyota #hilux #pickup
accompanied the prominent adventurer in all preparations to the around-the-world flight. First of all, it supported the training phase in Russia. Then, during the pre-flight preparations in June, the seventh-generation #toyota #hilux
participated in the official handover of a new Cameron Balloons hot air balloon to #fedorkonyukhov
in Bristol, UK. On the 12th of July, the invincible #pickup
was indispensable at the launching site near Northam, Australia – #toyota #hilux
prevented the balloon from a premature take-off, while the envelope was being filled with helium. Finally, the #pickup
was among the first to arrive at the landing site, with Fedor Konyukhov's team on board. After the balloon touched the ground, it was again secured with the help of #toyota #hilux
, enabling #fedorkonyukhov
to exit the pod safely.
Fedor's balloon was airborne for 11 days, traveling the distance of 34,950 km: it passed over the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans, approached Antarctica and flew across Australia, South America and Africa. Konyukhov has been flying at heights of up to 10,600 m while enduring temperatures down to -55 C.
Celebrating the new world record, Fedor Konyukhov's son Oscar Konyukhov
, who headed the ground support team, said, "I'm extremely proud of my father! It's hard to grasp the scope of what he managed to achieve. To complete a record-breaking non-stop circumnavigation in a hot air balloon from the first attempt is one chance in a million. And he did just that!"
"The whole #toyota
team sincerely congratulates #fedorkonyukhov
and all participants of the Round The World On a Roziere Balloon project. The example of the 65-year old traveler who challenged the nature and circumstances proves that there is nothing impossible for a human. Especially when supported by true friends and a vehicle you can rely on in the most extreme situations,"commented Tatiana Khalyavskaya
, Marketing Director at #toyota