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Breitling Orbiter 3 aloft

The Breitling Orbiter 3 was the first balloon to round the world. It was sponsored by the Breitling watch company, and was the third balloon built for the challenge, succeeding the preceding Breitling Orbiter 1 and Breitling Orbiter 2 of the Breitling Orbiter series. It was designed and built by Cameron Balloons.

It was a de Rozier hot-air balloon, combining a helium liftgas balloon and an outer hot air balloon.

The record flight was conducted in 1999 by Brian Jones and Bertrand Piccard, of the Piccard family fame.

The gondola of the balloon currently resides at the Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Insitution in Washington, D.C., USA.