Documentary on record-breaking balloon flight to premiere

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ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – It’s been a year since two pilots from the U.S. and Russia lifted off from Japan with the aim of flying farther and longer in their gas balloon than anyone in history.

They did it and now a documentary about their record-breaking flight across the Pacific Ocean will be premiering in Albuquerque on Feb. 6.

The 60-minute film was produced by the city of Albuquerque and the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum.

The filmmakers say one of the big challenges was the shortage of video of the launch preparations and footage of the flight itself.

Officials say although pilots Troy Bradley and Leonid Tiukhtyaev took photos and video while aloft, much of the material was lost when they touched down in the water just off the coast of Baja, Mexico.

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