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Public invited to watch the final inflation of the record-setting Alpha 5 balloon at the National Museum of the US Air Force

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  • By Lisa M Riley

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force invites the public to see the final inflation of the Alpha 5 balloon on Saturday, June 22 from 7 – 8 a.m.

This event is free and open to the public.

In September 2023, American entrepreneur Larry Connor led a team of four U.S. Air Force Pararescue Specialists in setting a Guinness World Record for the highest HALO (high altitude, low opening) formation skydive at an astounding 38,139 feet. The Alpha 5 Project combined the challenge with purpose, helping raise more than a million dollars for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which assists the families of fallen soldiers. (Federal Endorsement Not Implied)

The Alpha 5 balloon stands at an impressive 115 feet tall. Museum visitors will have the opportunity to see the fully inflated balloon and meet the team who set the skydiving world record. Following this final inflation the Alpha 5 will be donated to the museum’s collection.

This event is weather dependent. Follow our social media and website for any updates.

About the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force:
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, is the world’s largest military aviation museum. With free admission and parking, the museum features more than 350 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid more than 19 acres of indoor exhibit space. Each year thousands of visitors from around the world come to the museum. For more information, visit                                                                           



NOTE TO PUBLIC: For more information, contact the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at (937) 255-3286.