31 Dec. 1998
Alice Springs, Australia
Team RE/MAX balloon pilot John Wallington from Canberra, Australia hugs his wife Christie Birkett outside mission control during a weather countdown at the team's compound in Alice Springs December 31. Wallingron is part of a three-man team attempting to set a world record for a non-stop balloon flight around the globe. The mission is scheduled to lift off early in the new year.