Photo: Staff Sgt. Sadie Colbert / US Air Force / Courtesy
A United States Air Force airman recently took the opportunity to go a little over the world, with a very spatial marriage proposal.
Captain Stuart Shippee, of the 393rd Bomb Squadron at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, proposed to his girlfriend Marie Lisman after launching a weather balloon into space with a ring that soared high above Earth, according to a recent press release. The proposal took place in August.
Along with friends and Lisman at his side, Shippee, a B-2 Spirit bomber pilot, launched the balloon with a faux ring that flew up to 96,000 feet, according to Shippee’s video recording of the launch, now posted on Youtube.
Lisman thought Shippee was sending a military challenge coin, but He switched her to the ring at the last minute, as the video shows.
Once the balloon exploded at high altitude, it traveled back to Earth, landing in a nearby cornfield, where Lisman and Shippee retrieved it using a GPS system connected to the package.
Once he picked up the container, Lisman saw the lure ring perched on a stand, while Shippee knelt to propose to the royal ring.
Shippee said he was glad he had made weather balloon experiments a personal hobby, allowing him to understand the mechanics of a successful launch.
“When I first picked up the balloon load, I didn’t see the faux ring until I looked down and [Shippee] I was on my knees, ”Lisman said. “I’m speechless! After the long day and the difficult search for the payload, I was very happy that the end was so special. ”
Congratulations to the young couple!