Propane-tank backpack lets dentist take to the skies

04/19/2010 | Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.), The

A Virginia dentist named Bob Detrich has built himself an ultra-light hot-air balloon that consists of little more than the balloon and a backpack-mounted propane tank. The sight of Detrich soaring thousands of feet in the air without even a basket for support has left even his supporters questioning his good sense. "Most of Bob's friends think he has a death wish," says one friend.

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Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.), The