Larry Newman (aviator)

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Larry Newman
Born September 28, 1947
Los Angeles, California
Died December 20, 2010
Scottsdale, Arizona
Cause of death
pancreatic cancer
Resting place
Residence Scottsdale, Arizona
Nationality American
Ethnicity Jewish
Citizenship USA
Occupation Pilot, Founder of Electra Flyer Corporation
Known for Flying the first balloon across the Atlantic, the Double Eagle II.

Larry Newman (September 28, 1947 – December 20, 2010) was an American pilot and balloonist.

Early life[edit]

Newman won the Congressional Gold Medal awarded by the United States Congress for his flight in the Double Eagle II with Ben Abruzzo and Maxie Anderson. The flight was the first manned balloon crossing of the Atlantic non-stop.[1][2] In 1981, Newman flew the Double Eagle V in the first-ever manned balloon crossing over the Pacific with Ben Abruzzo, Ron Clark and Rocky Aoki.[3]

Larry helped popularize hang gliding with his company Electra Flyer Corporation, which produced thousands of hang gliders at its peak.

In 1985 Newman sold his business and became a pilot for America West airlines.


  1. ^ Glen Bledsoe, Karen Bledsoe. Ballooning Adventures. 
  2. ^ Charles McCarry. Double Eagle. ISBN 0-316-55360-3. 
  3. ^ Dan Grunloh. "Remembering Ultralight Pioneer Larry Newman". Retrieved 9 Feb 2011. 

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