Up Up And Away Nikki Caplan and Jane Buckles

October 8, 1982 Nikki Caplan and copilot Jane Buckles established the women’s distance record for gas balloons, flying 843.59 miles from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Duncombe, Iowa. In 1973, Caplan had been the first pilot permitted to fly an aircraft through the St. Louis Arch.