Bloomington man is the go-to-guy for aviation records

  • by: Bill Ward , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 17, 2013 - 2:19 PM

When Felix Baumgartner piloted his balloon up, up and a ways into space last October, it was Brian Utley who determined the apex: 127,852 feet. When Steve Fossett flew around the world in 74 hours, Utley verified the route and the distance traveled. And when Bertrand Piccard guided his solar plane from Phoenix to Dallas earlier this month, he found Utley at the takeoff and the landing.

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