2 more to join the ranks of international ballooning fame

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico balloonist Troy Bradley and the late Japanese airship pioneer Isaburo Yamada will be inducted into international ballooning hall of fame for their accomplishments and contributions to the sport.

Officials at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum scheduled the induction ceremony for Sept. 30, the eve of this year’s balloon fiesta.

Bradley holds more than five dozen world records in hot air, gas and hybrid balloons.

Most recently, he and Russian co-pilot completed a record-breaking flight across the Pacific Ocean. They traveled more than 6,650 miles (10,700 kilometers) and were aloft for more than 160 hours.

The posthumous inductee, Yamada, was an early innovator. He created the first practical manned airship ever produced in Japan during the early 1900s. His company, Weather Balloon Mfg. Co., Ltd. continues to produce weather balloons and kite balloons.

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