How much helium does it take to lift a person?

The Aéroplume, in France, is a helium blimp sized for one person. €60 gets you one half 60 minutes’s flight. I had to try it. ■ More about Aéroplume: ■ This is not backed: I paid for my flight at the usual price, I was the one to contact them asking approval, and Aéroplume had no article control. I am, nevertheless, impressed that in the ten years this has been going, no-one’s ever told me about it before!


  1. Apologies for the creaking noises here: they weren’t that loud in person, it’s just that lavalier microphones don’t work that well when lying down!

  2. “About 70,000 liters” // ~18492 Gallons

  3. Omg, I’m desperate to try this!

  4. Ozymandias Was Right

    For your 21st century soldier facing energy constraints

  5. Been in a centrifuge (twice)
    Flown with the red arrows
    Ridden the vomit comet
    And now he’s flying with a balloon and wings.

    Tom Scott: Living the Dream of Flight.

  6. Tom, you never cease to amaze me. One of the coolest experiences I have ever seen!

  7. Billy Mack, Texas Detective

    The average adult is 70 kilos? Sure, maybe 50 years ago…

  8. ahhh so for the average American, they would need something like the Hindenburg

  9. only 60 bucks?

  10. so what you are saying is that Up lied to us?

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