World Record Altitude
Nott designed and built the world’s first hot air balloon with a pressurized cabin and piloted it to a world record altitude of 45,836 feet.
He was awarded the Gold Medal by the Royal Aero Club for this achievement.
The climb starts in earnest over Lake Bhopal
The flight launches from Bhopal
The Record Broken and Safely Down
Nott, at right, and co-pilot Felix Pole, in the capsule during pre-dawn preparation
Nott 36 hours after landing of the historic flight, still waiting for completion of a difficult retrieve in the remote Indian countryside
The cabin under construction