Extreme Humans

Mike Howard – Highest Altitude Skywalk

Last Updated on August 29, 2020 by Darshan Modi

Mike Howard
Mike Howard


Mike Howard does cluster ballooning which is a type of ballooning that involves attaching the particular individual to a cluster of rubber balloons that inflates with helium.


Mike Howard was born in the United Kingdom but currently lives and works in Dubai.

Early Life

Mike Howard has been a balloonist since he was 9 years old.
He learnt this from his father who led the Army Balloon Team while working in the army.
He did ballooning quite often growing up and officially acquired his license when he was 17 years old.
His wife is also a balloon pilot and their daughter Cydnee has been flying with them since the day she was born.
One time, Mike Howard flew with her at the German Championships when she was 4 years old. Even though she distracted him by pointing out interesting sights, Howard says that he enjoys flying with her.

About Mike Howard

Professionally, Mike Howard is a pilot for the Emirates Airline.
Unlike the normal ‘one hot air balloon’, the kind of ballooning that Mike Howard does involves multiple balloons that are sealed individually.
It seems rather risky but however, he does not mind doing these dare devil acts.
Once he is already high up in the air, he gradually deflates the balloons when he wants to descend.
On 4th August 2001, Mike Howard; over Albuquerque in New Mexico, together with Steve Davis set a new Guinness World record for the greatest attained altitude using helium filled party balloons.
In order to achieve this, Mike Howard and Steve Davis used 400 helium balloons and reached a height of 5600 meters.
The record they set was left as a footnote in the lawn chair balloonist history.
He himself had previously tried to break that record for the Guinness Book of World Records Television Show in 1998 but however only managed to reach a height of 3000 feet.
On 1st September 2004, near Somerset in the United Kingdom, Mike Howard walked on a beam that had been attached between two balloons at an altitude of 6,522 meters up in the air.
This feat was recorded for the 50 years, 50 records: Guinness World Records Television show.
He hopes to break many more world records and pass on this legacy to his daughter.

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Genetic Or Learned

Mike took interest in ballooning when he was young and decided to break world records later in his life. It takes him a lot of courage to perform such dare devil stunts.


Guinness World Records

On August 4th 2001, Mike Howard set a new record for the highest altitude attained which was at a height of 5600 meters using helium filled balloons. This was with the help of Steve Davis.
On September 1st 2004, he set a new world record by walking on a beam that was attached between two balloons at an altitude of 6,522 meters.

Names Known By

D-air devil

Featured In

Guinness Book of World Records
Guinness Book of World Records Television Show
BBC News
New York Times

Books Published

Five weeks in a balloon