Russian Orthodox priest starts around-the-world adventure in giant hot air balloon


Spectators start gathering before sunrise as Fedor Konyukhov prepares to depart at Northam Aero Club
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Spectators start gathering before sunrise as Fedor Konyukhov prepares to depart at Northam Aero Club

 

Fedor Konyukhov inspects his craft before lifting off from the Northam Aero Club in Northam
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Fedor Konyukhov inspects his craft before lifting off from the Northam Aero Club in Northam

 

Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov watches his hot air balloon inflate
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Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov watches his hot air balloon inflate

 

The balloon of Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov is inflated
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The balloon of Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov is inflated

 

Spectators look on as Fedor Konyukhov prepares to depart at Northam Aero Club
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Spectators look on as Fedor Konyukhov prepares to depart at Northam Aero Club

 

Fedor Konyukhov prepares for lift off
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Fedor Konyukhov prepares for lift off

 

Fedor Konyukhov looks on with family members before lift off from the Northam Aero Club
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Fedor Konyukhov looks on with family members before lift off from the Northam Aero Club

 

Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov hugs a member of his support staff before lift off
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Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov hugs a member of his support staff before lift off

 

The balloon of Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov is surrounded by onlookers
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The balloon of Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov is surrounded by onlookers

 

Fedor Konyukhov prepares for lift off
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Fedor Konyukhov prepares for lift off

 

The balloon of Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov is seen after lift off in attempt to break the world record for a solo hot air balloon flight around the globe
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The balloon of Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov is seen after lift off in attempt to break the world record for a solo hot air balloon flight around the globe

 

The balloon of Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov appears in the distance
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The balloon of Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov appears in the distance

 

The balloon of Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov is seen after lift off
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The balloon of Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov is seen after lift off

 

Fedor Konyukhov lifts off from the Northam Aero Club flanked by other hot air balloons
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Fedor Konyukhov lifts off from the Northam Aero Club flanked by other hot air balloons

 

Fedor Konyukhov lifts off from the Northam Aero Club
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Fedor Konyukhov lifts off from the Northam Aero Club

Author: Hassan Khazaal

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