After working on his homemade helium-filled balloon for weeks, Richard Heene finally tested it in the backyard by launching the balloon into the sky. As the balloon floated as high as 2 kilometers in the air, people started to fear for his son’s life.
Richard Heene was a self-described amateur scientist and weather-chaser, with an interest in storms. As he was out of work, Richard looked for a way to make some money. He came up with the idea of building a helium filled balloon – hoping to inspire other inventors to do the same, and racing their homemade “airships” across a desert. Continue reading on the next page for this bizarre story.