CARIBOU — The first balloonist to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean says he didn’t have any safety concerns about a North Carolina man’s attempt to repeat the accomplishment with a cluster of helium-filled balloons.

Jonathan Trappe set out from Caribou on Thursday. He ended far short of his goal 12 hours later in Newfoundland after experiencing problems.

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One of Trappe’s advisers was Joe Kittinger, a retired Air Force officer who once set a record for jumping from a balloon 19.5 miles up. He later became the first solo trans-Atlantic balloonist.

Kittinger said Monday that he and Trappe were inspired by the same thing – adventure. He said he had no qualms with Trappe’s unusual setup and that if Trappe stepped aside, in his words, “I would’ve flown it.”