1977 : Troy Man Sets Record Balloon Flight from Michigan

February 18, 2018 all-day

On February 18, 1977, Karl Thomas, a 28-year-old adventurer from Troy, landed his hot-air balloon on a remote island 15 miles northeast of Jacksonville, Fla., ending a record 18-day solo voyage across the United States.

Source : This Week in Michigan History, Detroit Free Press, February 17, 2008, B.4.