31 Dec. 1998
Alice Springs, Australia
Team RE/MAX balloon pilot Dave Liniger (R) gestures to co-pilot John Wallington who massages his wife Christie Birkett's shoulders as the team waits out weather reports December 31 at the team's headquarters near Alice Springs. Liniger and Wallington are part of a three-man team preparing for an attempt to set a world record for a non-stop balloon flight around the globe. The mission is scheduled to lift off early in the new year.