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He breaks the world record by flying to a height of 69,852 feet in a Hot Air Balloon

Mumbai, November 26, 2005: Dr. Vijaypat Singhania, renowned industrialist and aviator par excellence today became the first man to fly in a hot air balloon to a high altitude of 69,852 feet above sea level, thus creating the world record. The record has been monitored by the Aero Club of India who will apply for the official ratification of the international record with the body responsible, Federation Aeronautique Internationale.

On this historic day, Dr. Singhania took off from the Polo Grounds, Mahalaxmi Race Course, Mumbai at 6:39 am and took about 2 hours and 14 minutes with an average speed 600 to 700 ft per minute. Having created history by bringing the world record to India, Dr. Singhania safely landed at Sinnar, between Shirdi and Nashik at 11.30 a.m. He achieved this record overhead of Ulhasnagar, a central suburb on the outskirts of Mumbai. By achieving this feat, Dr. Singhania has broken the existing world record of 'High Altitude in a Hot Air Balloon' set by Per Lindstrand who reached a height of 64,997 feet (19,811 metres) in Plano, Texas, USA on June 6, 1988.

Record Update

Height achieved

Time (IST)

Take Off

6:39 am

5,000 feet

7.12 am

10,000 feet

7.25 am

20,000 feet

7.44 am

30,000 feet

7.54 am

40,000 feet

8.05 am

50,000 feet

8.17 am

60,000 feet

8.33 am

69,852 feet

8.55 am


11.30 am


On this momentous occasion, Mr. Gautam Singhania, son of Dr. Vijaypat Singhania and Chairman & Managing Director, Raymond Ltd said, "I am overjoyed that my father has achieved the world record and it is a very proud moment for the entire nation today. My Father has proved himself as the "Brave Son of India".  There were tense moments during his flight but we were always hopeful and confident that he would break this record and we are happy that the record has come to India."

Joining in the celebrations were Mrs. Ashabai Singhania, wife of Dr. Vijaypat Singhania and his daughter Ms Shepali Ruia who were at loss for words and were extremely elated.

Colin Prescot, representative of Flying Pictures Company (UK) and member of the technical team of Project MI-70K said, "This has been a great day for aviation and a great day for India. This was a hugely courageous flight by a fine gentleman."

Dr. Singhania has been an aviator for four decades with a total flying experience of over 5000 hours. Rising to challenges and breaking records is nothing new for Dr. Singhania. It has become a way of life for him. Despite winning several records and accolades in the field of aviation, the hunger for achieving something for the pride of the country has been burning bright. Dr. Singhania by undertaking has set himself this impossible task to achieve before he goes into the oblivion. National pride and the spirit of true adventure had prompted Dr. Singhania to attempt to break the record on Indian soil and in his home city, Mumbai