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  • Publicado em 11 Set 2022
  • The Aéroplume, in France, is a helium blimp sized for one person. €60 gets you half an hour's flight. I had to try it. ■ More about Aéroplume: aeroplume.fr ■ This isn't sponsored: I paid for my flight at the normal price, I was the one to contact them asking permission, and Aéroplume had no editorial control. I am, however, amazed that in the ten years this has been going, no-one's ever told me about it before!
    Edited by Michelle Martin mrsmmartin
    I'm at tomscott.com
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Comentários • 3 967

  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott  17 dias atrás +12080

    Apologies for the creaking noises here: they weren't that loud in person, it's just that lavalier microphones don't work that well when lying down!

    • FreeKing Awwsome
      FreeKing Awwsome 6 horas atrás +1

      ʇʇoɔS ɯo⊥@ @Tom Scott thank you for the share my friend

    • Almond.Milk.Is.Gross
      Almond.Milk.Is.Gross 10 horas atrás

      I liked it, a lil asmr never hurt anyone

    • Lorien077
      Lorien077 19 horas atrás

      No need to apologize mate, its nice to just see you have fun. Really cool video.

    • TheMightyKinkle
      TheMightyKinkle 2 dias atrás

      @In Darkness 😂😂😂

    • TheMightyKinkle
      TheMightyKinkle 2 dias atrás

      It gave me ASMR don't worry

  • Marcus
    Marcus 13 dias atrás +1368

    Makes the title a question, immediantly answers the question, then provides entertainment for the duration of the video.
    Tom Scott is a BRclipr like no other.

    • Tanel Ehala
      Tanel Ehala 7 dias atrás +3

      But before we dive into that I would like to introduce to the sponsor of this video...

    • Carl Hallstrom
      Carl Hallstrom 8 dias atrás +3

      It is a welcome change from the long, drawn-out let downs.

    • Gabriel Chmiel
      Gabriel Chmiel 9 dias atrás +3

      And i love it! Never liked a video so fast like this.

    • Shywizz
      Shywizz 9 dias atrás +14

      Daily dose of internet also kind of does this, can't think of anyone else though so you are right.

    • Bastiproton
      Bastiproton 9 dias atrás +54

      Like anti-clickbait. Love it.

  • Mal-2 KSC
    Mal-2 KSC 12 dias atrás +1118

    After all the "don't go here, they're not prepared for tourists" and "this river will kill you" type videos, it's nice to get one where the rest of us could reasonably afford to do this, assuming we have another reason to be in the area.
    This has probably been one of your more rewarding experiences of late as well, as it looked like you were having a blimpload of fun. And Aéroplume will almost certainly see an uptick in business. Sometimes all a good idea needs is for people to know it exists and it can propel itself from there.

    • Alex T
      Alex T 6 dias atrás +1

      You could maybe tie it down, but it would be risky (for balloon and pilot)

    • David
      David 7 dias atrás

      Would there be any means to fly it safely outdoors if there was just a slight breeze?

    • Eemeli Pettersson
      Eemeli Pettersson 7 dias atrás +4

      @Mr Bee Outdoors I'm almost 6'5" (195 cm) and weigh less than 80 kg. It's certainly hard but not impossible. Probably not worth trying if you are muscular.

    • RandomCat101
      RandomCat101 8 dias atrás +1

      aaah! so many blimp puns

    • Mr Bee Outdoors
      Mr Bee Outdoors 8 dias atrás +7

      @Eemeli Pettersson at 6'6", losing weight isn't much of an option...
      Certainly not to 90kg anyway...

  • Youtube Account
    Youtube Account 12 dias atrás +647

    2019 Scott: "Is the world is running out of helium? It's a valuable resource that should be treated as finite." 2022 Scott: "Watch me float in a giant helium balloon!"

    • Andrew Kennedy
      Andrew Kennedy 2 dias atrás

      @A G Systems Just use a gravity assist in reverse. Instead of slowing the planet down to slingshot the spacecraft out at high speed, drop the spacecraft in and speed up the planet. Especially with inert cargo, it doesn't really matter how long it takes, you could design a trajectory to pass several planets to bleed off speed before arriving at the destination.

    • Helium Road
      Helium Road 9 dias atrás +2

      @Alcogod Helium that vents to the atmosphere floats to the top of the atmosphere and escapes into space. Gone forever.

    • notahotshot
      notahotshot 9 dias atrás +12

      @Alcogod
      It's not destroyed, but it's gone, never to be recovered, which is effectively the same thing.

    • Uku
      Uku 9 dias atrás +5

      @Alcogod you realize we are never getting that helium back, right?

    • Alcogod
      Alcogod 9 dias atrás

      @Uku yes, that's not destroying it.

  • Bobby Duke Arts
    Bobby Duke Arts 13 dias atrás +1100

    That was freaking cool. I definitely want to try that!

    • B.O.F.N
      B.O.F.N 9 dias atrás +1

      It's the wewd dewd

    • MrND
      MrND 11 dias atrás

      I want that!

    • jmi
      jmi 12 dias atrás +1

      Me too. But I would need two of these blimps. Oh, they say they have one for 270 kg. Perfect size for me!

    • TwoHeadedGiant Gaming
      TwoHeadedGiant Gaming 12 dias atrás +4

      Wow! Really cool to see you here
      I can imagine you watching this and just saying: "I wawnt to dew thayut" XD

    • Demolisher
      Demolisher 12 dias atrás +3

      You could even make a sculpture of yourself in one of the aeroplumes out of WEWD

  • David Weaver
    David Weaver 11 dias atrás +62

    I so want to go and try this, as I am stuck in a wheelchair for most of the time when I'm out. I could tell how much you were enjoying that Tom. Thanks for sharing an amazing adventure with us all. Kindest regards, Dave W 👏😊

    • Benoit Bvg
      Benoit Bvg 10 dias atrás +5

      If you can, I know some swimming pools have "aqua-gym"-like activities for people in wheelchair. Not as fun as this, but still nice.

  • Shiny Agumon
    Shiny Agumon 13 dias atrás +12029

    I love how this and the robotic elephant create an unintended subseries of "French people recreating Jules Verne concepts in real life". Can't wait to learn about more steampunk adventures I could do for my next French holiday.

    • BedMan 333
      BedMan 333 4 dias atrás

      @Thomas and the City of course they did.
      The concept of steampunk tech is the only great thing about France. And the baguettes

    • Marzo Varea
      Marzo Varea 6 dias atrás

      @Thomas and the City Well, in Verne's novel the Moon gun was an _American_ invention.

    • madhu madhu
      madhu madhu 9 dias atrás

      Nice video

    • Gourab Sarker
      Gourab Sarker 10 dias atrás

      @Shiny Agumon *20,000 leagues 🙂

    • Paul Bizard
      Paul Bizard 11 dias atrás

      @StuffandThings Like Blue Origin?

  • steven borham
    steven borham 12 dias atrás +107

    The key to the magic of this experience is the fact that the blimp is almost obliviated from ones awareness by being behind you, adding to the dream like seamlessness of being able to float. It actually looks like the experience I imagine was motivating the pioneers who manifested the more cathartic experience of flapping wings and eventually the experience of being more like strapped into a vicious beast by the time WWII era flying machines came along. This Ikarus blimp experience is the pure refined or more feminine original desire of flight.

  • Michael Swader
    Michael Swader 13 dias atrás +135

    Tom, I cannot express how thankful I am for this video. Ever since I was a kid I've had dreams of flying by swimming through the air. This, I think, is the closest thing that exists to that. This is definitely going at the top of my bucket list of places to go outside the US!

    • MoomooPro
      MoomooPro 12 dias atrás

      k. no one asked tho

    • Crane Gantry
      Crane Gantry 12 dias atrás +7

      I've had the same dreams, of flying by myself.

  • cprgreaves
    cprgreaves 11 dias atrás +60

    "Not for your safety, but for the safety of the blimp" Great line.
    I confess that I was ready to correct you when I saw "Helium", saying that you were floating, not flying, but you were flying in the sense of propelling your self in three dimensions.
    Years ago I came to the conclusion that birds swim through the air, and fish fly through the ocean water.
    Cheers, Chris

  • KpopNoodle
    KpopNoodle 12 dias atrás +59

    Tom went from learning how to bike to learning how to fly, now that's character development.

  • memesisgreat
    memesisgreat 13 dias atrás +5814

    Tom at this point is just the physical embodiment of that one random ass thought that appears in your brain

    • thi thi
      thi thi 4 dias atrás

      ok

    • Peter Cruickshanks
      Peter Cruickshanks 12 dias atrás

      Kinda what a lot of the Internet, and especially BRclip, is about.

    • memesisgreat
      memesisgreat 13 dias atrás

      @Kathy Bramley ask the Hindenberg that question

    • Kathy Bramley
      Kathy Bramley 13 dias atrás +1

      But who knows, it may be that I am probably talking nonsense. Dreams, friends. Gotta have them. You can't do them all.

    • Kathy Bramley
      Kathy Bramley 13 dias atrás

      It wasn't just the most famous one, there were other disasters but there's definitely articles out there that day the banning of hydrogen blimps was a fit up and a tragedy, others that talk about using hydrogen fuel for planes in the future and point out that industry has been going for decades with big safety features that need continued work to adapt for transport applications but safer than other fuels in lots of ways. Some articles that say it's never safe. But then nothing is totally safe.
      The air mixtures could be monitored closely. The blimp could be constructed out of much more protective material & alternative safety systems for the carriage could be made. Flame retardant 'chutes. Or air exchange systems in a hangar like this.

  • Jeffrey Vink
    Jeffrey Vink 12 dias atrás +30

    I vividly remember a dream I've had as a teenager, and it was just me floating freely (of course without the helium-filled blimp), I felt so free. Waking up from that dream was devastating, but watching this video has given me hope to perhaps experience that feeling again!

    • Delibro
      Delibro 12 horas atrás

      I dream that every now and then, its so fun :))

    • Leo
      Leo 12 dias atrás +2

      You can do it again if you learn to lucid dream

  • Tarehjerne Tarehjerne
    Tarehjerne Tarehjerne 12 dias atrás +31

    I normally am not a fan if “how many []” or “how much []”
    However this video is really well put together without extending for watch time.
    Good video as always Tom.

  • Richard Keel
    Richard Keel 12 dias atrás +38

    This is simultaneously the coolest thing I've seen in a while, and yes also the most disappointing. Within a minute of the video starting, I checked their website and discovered that I am far in excess of the maximum weight limit. I'm not especially heavy, I'm just a tall, broad bloke and so haven't been below the maximum since I was a bean-pole teenager.
    Very cool though

    • Rob Kohr
      Rob Kohr 10 dias atrás +1

      Yep, I quickly converted kg to lbs, and realized my 220lbs self isn't floating away any time soon.

    • John Furr
      John Furr 11 dias atrás +2

      I could manage to go, if they'd let me fly in a pair of boxer briefs only.

  • McGee
    McGee 12 dias atrás +13

    I love how Tom is always out of breath. It makes me feel as though he loves educating us so much that he actually runs out of breath.

  • greenMT
    greenMT 13 dias atrás +11201

    Tom has accomplished his lifelong dream of becoming an airship, congrats Tom!

    • James Stocks
      James Stocks 13 dias atrás

      his friend "SpLaT" wasn't so fortunate....

    • justmerc
      justmerc 13 dias atrás +1

      The Mad Captain was never in fact lost at sea; he only moved on to conquer the air.

    • LtBeefy
      LtBeefy 13 dias atrás +1

      He forgot to call ground control tho

    • Eskay
      Eskay 13 dias atrás +1

      What was that, something about identifying as an apache helicopter...

    • WAAAAAAAAAAAAAALUIGI
      WAAAAAAAAAAAAAALUIGI 13 dias atrás

      @KlaxonCow hence why clouds, if you're high up enough itll be normal atmosphereic pressure

  • Max Padgett
    Max Padgett 12 dias atrás +8

    When Tom Scott poses a question, he answers in a prompt and concise fashion. No intro, no adds; 70,000 litres before three seconds!

  • Lasagna Hog
    Lasagna Hog 11 dias atrás +3

    I figured it was safe but I'm impressed by just how safe it is. The balloons not being pressurized is something that makes sense but I hadn't thought of.

  • Dillinger
    Dillinger 13 dias atrás +2

    I'm often floating around just like this (sans blimp & apparatus) in my dreams. So doing this would literally make my dreams come true! While I may never visit France to make this a reality, a tear came to my eye just knowing that something like this is possible. 🥲

  • Jeremiah
    Jeremiah 12 dias atrás +6

    I think this is an excellent demonstration of how adapt we are at tool use. As soon as Tom was in the air, he adapted to his new body as an air whale.

  • Michael Gibbs
    Michael Gibbs 13 dias atrás +3464

    I'm surprised to see no one's talking about what good value for money this is - 60 euro is a fantastic price for a once in a lifetime thing like this. I'm going to have to try this at least once before I die, it looks so amazing.

    • chilaou
      chilaou 10 dias atrás +1

      Now if I weren't 110kg... Can I just BMOaHe (bring my own additional helium)?

    • Dr Kelno
      Dr Kelno 10 dias atrás

      There should be some lists of such "once in a lifetime" things to do within an accessible price range. Or is there already?

    • The Legacy
      The Legacy 11 dias atrás

      @Treeline Research If I ever went on vacation in Europe, I don't think I would ever leave. Legally, of course.

    • 221 b
      221 b 12 dias atrás

      @Treeline Research And that's a real good deal compared to several million for 4 minute weightlessness suborbital hop.

    • Henrique Erzinger
      Henrique Erzinger 12 dias atrás

      @Benoit-Pierre DEMAINE of course it is

  • Lewis Taylor
    Lewis Taylor 12 dias atrás +10

    The pure joy in Tom's face when he started ascending put a huge smile on my face.

  • William Glaser
    William Glaser 13 dias atrás +7

    I clearly would do this if I lived in France. I wonder how booked they will be now! This looks super fun!

  • Modern Music of the Dark Ages

    When Tom said “these are real people behind me”
    I laughed, very hard.
    This is hilarious but at the same time so cool.

  • A Beston
    A Beston 13 dias atrás +1

    That looks like fun! The drifting movement, lack of noise from motors, and relative calm must make it feel like a very serene experience.

  • Uknown Gamer101
    Uknown Gamer101 13 dias atrás +2825

    Can we just stop and thank the instructor. He did a very good job explaining the mechanics of the blimp 👍 as well as instructing Tom from what we can see

    • Rainbow Flower
      Rainbow Flower 13 dias atrás

      @Chris Macknight o7

    • Patrick R.
      Patrick R. 13 dias atrás +1

      sorry no I can't stop, addicted to the shindig smh...

    • Tim O'Brien
      Tim O'Brien 13 dias atrás +12

      Lovely accent too, I could listen to his instructions all day!

    • Chris Macknight
      Chris Macknight 13 dias atrás +80

      In his second language, too! I can't explain aerodynamics in English and I've been speaking it since birth

    • djsomeguy
      djsomeguy 13 dias atrás +110

      He actually knew the physics of it too, not just someone who is repeating instructions, someone that actually understands what's going on.

  • blackAngel
    blackAngel 12 dias atrás +2

    Interesting in theory, really good explanation by the instructor and I can imagine it must be a blast to experience...
    But I can't help but think about how wasteful this is, helium wise... It's a finite resource and we already wasted so much on birthday balloons...

  • BestNerdLife
    BestNerdLife 13 dias atrás +4

    Tom Scott is living a truly epic life, and bringing us a wealth of entertainment and education. Well played. EDIT: stupid autocorrect.

  • (it's excrubulent)
    (it's excrubulent) 8 dias atrás +1

    I was wondering whether the difference in pressure between an underground cave and the hangar would make a difference to how much weight was required to achieve static balance, but then Antoine actually said that the difference in pressure within the hangar itself was important, so that answered that question.

  • Stefano Morandi
    Stefano Morandi 12 dias atrás +2

    the aerostatics are so interesting! its very neat how the temperature differential dictates a maximum height when paired with the proper ballast, for passive safety

  • Gavin Mendonza
    Gavin Mendonza 13 dias atrás +2003

    I really like the stark contrast between Tom freaking out about standing on a metal mesh up high, but also not freaking out about literally floating by a helium balloon. Great video as always, this is definitely now on my bucket list!

    • Sean
      Sean 12 dias atrás

      @NIX 46 Well, not feeling the weight of your body on yourself or the ground pushing back on you is a bit strange, and it kind of feels like your body is being pulled apart. But people do enjoy falling when it's safe, which is why roller coasters are popular

    • Losttoanyreason
      Losttoanyreason 12 dias atrás

      I can't do metal mesh either as I feel like I will fall through because the floor isn't solid though it is certainly more than strong enough to hold one up. Plus my vision is affected lookign through. Same with glass stairs or bridges. With the balloon I think it's becuase one is being supported by both the harness and held up by the balloon itself so that you know you can't fall that makes it different. Who knows though perhaps maybe I freak out looking down at the floor,😱🙃

    • NIX 46
      NIX 46 12 dias atrás +7

      @PointB1ank I don't mind falling, it's the sudden stop at the end that worries me😁

    • Roccondil1
      Roccondil1 13 dias atrás +8

      And then, I think with this it's a gradual rise that your body ends up easing into, as opposed to the mesh grid where you're all of a sudden up high and your minds doesn't have a chance to get comfortable.
      More freaking out would probably happen even with these balloons if the rider's elevation changed far more quickly than it did here.

    • Howard
      Howard 13 dias atrás +34

      among the other good replies I would like to add that the balloon has a cradle - the web that supports the entire body. That provides a sense of security. When standing upright there can be a sense of " potential instability ".

  • Rahul Mahich
    Rahul Mahich 3 dias atrás +1

    I loved Antoine's calm and slow demeanor, he really sets the speed of how people are going to act in there.❤❤

  • OhYa1337
    OhYa1337 13 dias atrás

    Thanks for sharing that experience with us!
    That really must have felt utterly amazing!

  • Sonnicman
    Sonnicman 12 dias atrás

    Tom, you never cease to amaze me. One of the coolest experiences I have ever seen!

  • Malenky
    Malenky 12 dias atrás +2

    Would love to hear you break down your thought process/natural reaction as to why you weren't at all scared here, but in other situations with heights you were terrified.

  • Sam Beb
    Sam Beb 13 dias atrás +3021

    So you’re deathly afraid of standing on a metal mesh with an expert showing you it’s safe, but flying on your own in a large helium balloon is fine? 😂
    Keep making great videos Tom!

    • Lurch7861
      Lurch7861 13 dias atrás +2

      People are weird. I'm absolutely terrified of heights so I learned to fly.

    • sToneForesT
      sToneForesT 13 dias atrás

      I think it’s kind of a matter of control. You can kind of control your height here, and you are in control of that. It feels safe. Being on a flimsy looking cable thing with no perceived security or control is terrifying. If you fall, you’re gone. If you fall with that blimp thing, you can kinda just flap.

    • Reth Hard
      Reth Hard 13 dias atrás

      @tompw3141
      You mean, his human brain is weird, right? :P

    • theherk
      theherk 13 dias atrás +2

      If only phobias were strictly logical.

    • Richard Conway
      Richard Conway 13 dias atrás +1

      I mean as Tom said in that video, phobias aren't rational, and he knows he's done things way more extreme than Rollercoasters, but he had a lifetime phobia of them specifically

  • Christopher Quinn
    Christopher Quinn 13 dias atrás

    This is just so amazing not only is it inexpensive but, how often would you get an opportunity like this to just float in the air . A completely human powered machine I would just float and relax and probably fall asleep.

  • David Beddard-Banks
    David Beddard-Banks 13 dias atrás

    Ten years and I'm only just learning about this now?! Thank you Tom, I know what just shot to the top of my to-do list!

  • James DeRiven
    James DeRiven 11 dias atrás +11

    Two questions:
    1) Ignoring the, shall we say, worrying safety issues, how much less hydrogen would you need to attain the same thing?
    2) What was that about a fifty foot cave?

    • James DeRiven
      James DeRiven 5 dias atrás +1

      @Alex T Thank you!

    • Alex T
      Alex T 6 dias atrás +2

      Hydrogen doesn't actually lift that much more than helium. The video simplifies it a little bit: Helium lifts ~1.114 kg / m^3 (~1.114 g / liter), meaning a 70 kg person only needs ~63,000 liters of helium to fly if you ignore the blimp gas bag, straps, wings, etc. Hydrogen, at ~1.202 kg / m^3 (1.202 g / liter), would need ~58,000 liters. That means you would need ~5,000 liters less of hydrogen.
      The cave refers to a separate location that also offers the same blimp rides, look up the "Grotte de la Salamandre" if you want to see it (BRclip doesn't allow me to link to their website for some reason)
      Also nice pfp :P

    • James DeRiven
      James DeRiven 8 dias atrás +4

      @Neil Gupta Like I know any math

    • Neil Gupta
      Neil Gupta 8 dias atrás +2

      Try googling the density of helium and hydrogen and doing the math

  • Ethan Edgington
    Ethan Edgington 12 dias atrás

    This is so fun to watch! I can almost feel the aerodynamics he was experiencing

  • H. A.
    H. A. 13 dias atrás +2220

    Without exaggeration, this seems like a lifechanging experience. Kinda like going to space.
    You can see in Tom's face how much fun it is to fulfill the ancient human dream of flying like a bird. It's an experience that not even a plane can give you, since it feels less "organic" I guess.

    • skadar
      skadar 13 dias atrás +1

      @Drew Mortenson Hello fellow PPG pilot. The other day I had some birds join me at treetop level and it was even more magical than ever. I love my paramotor!

    • Fity Bux
      Fity Bux 13 dias atrás

      @Benjamin Dover you have a weird fetish mr ben dover....
      If you do something weird and reckless like this, don't forget to bring water and an emergency beacon for when it's time to not die. (But... you wouldn't be able to bring a lot of water. Lots of weight.... hrm.)

    • our cumrade
      our cumrade 13 dias atrás

      Tru

    • EnchantedPencil Comics
      EnchantedPencil Comics 13 dias atrás +2

      If/when I ever get a chance to do this I'll just cry non-stop the entire time

    • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
      Vigilant Cosmic Penguin 13 dias atrás +7

      I can't imagine what it would be like to actually have the feeling of FLYING. Like, the one thing that every human dreams of that's impossible. But somehow it's been made possible. Like Daedalus, but everything turned out alright.

  • Jason Brady
    Jason Brady 11 dias atrás +1

    Honestly was expecting Tom to freak out (he usually does in a lot of situations) but he seem like a natural at that. Well done Tom...

  • Hannah Smith
    Hannah Smith 12 dias atrás

    Holy crap I would absolutely love this because I love the feeling of floating in water, but being able to be actually floating in air high above ground… that’s just so cool.

  • Losttoanyreason
    Losttoanyreason 12 dias atrás

    That was really cool. My neck is totally messed up from whiplash damage so that would be extremely painful holding my head up like that unsuported ; but if I didn't have that issue I'd certainly like to try . Looks sooooo fun!

  • Pete White
    Pete White 13 dias atrás

    I feel I need to add this to my bucket list. That looks absolutely incredible

  • Jobeedobyyy Clobeelobyy
    Jobeedobyyy Clobeelobyy 13 dias atrás +1824

    Imagine hearing an air raid siren and then seeing an army of Tom Scott balloons come from behind the clouds. Someone needs to make a movie about that.

    • Benoit Bvg
      Benoit Bvg 10 dias atrás

      @User 2C47 Not really. It's the other way around and the "original" meaning was when storms crushed two chinese navies coming to invade Japan. Kamikaze was just a reference to that.

    • User 2C47
      User 2C47 10 dias atrás

      @Benoit Bvg You do know that "divine wind" translates to "suicide bomber," right?

    • Gillsing
      Gillsing 10 dias atrás

      Ride of the Valkyries played at lower speed.

    • Benoit Bvg
      Benoit Bvg 10 dias atrás

      @User 2C47 No need for AAA. Just sneeze in their direction and you'll be able to call yourself "divine wind".

    • Jcreek201
      Jcreek201 11 dias atrás

      @Craig Jensen I'd take cover

  • Happy Home
    Happy Home 10 dias atrás +1

    How fun ! Curious if they looked at, have plans on the shelf - to use hydrogen - greater lifting, much less expensive.

  • Pyrolonn
    Pyrolonn 13 dias atrás +1

    I remember seeing concept art for human powered flight inside a hollowed out ultra low gravity asteroid. Yes it is sci-fi, but wow this seems very similar to the fantasy.

  • Frlja
    Frlja 23 horas atrás

    I just love your honest, straight to the point approach. No nonsense, no scam, no clickbait, you provide the answer and proceed to explain, and I respect that and watch through whole videos beacuse of that.

  • Dindonmasker V
    Dindonmasker V 13 dias atrás +2

    this is so funny. i was wondering how much helium i would need to cancel out gravity and fly with wings earlier!

  • Don McMoneagle
    Don McMoneagle 12 dias atrás

    I love all your videos, but they are a little more special when I get to watch you experience these once in a lifetime events. (Jet pack, this, etc.)

  • Yet AGOTI
    Yet AGOTI 11 dias atrás +1

    Instant sub for not burying the lead. Thank you so much for leading with the answer. It made me so much more interested to watch your experience and how you got there.

  • Rokushō
    Rokushō 13 dias atrás +2

    Love the anti-clickbait cold open. I clicked this video to watch the whole story, as I do with most Tom Scott videos, but it is satisfying to get the answer to the title instantly nonetheless.

  • Retro Repair Guy
    Retro Repair Guy 13 dias atrás

    Funny how this is exactly how I fly in my dreams making the same movements. Always interesting videos!

  • trey chiri
    trey chiri 13 dias atrás +1600

    Tom, have you ever though about how much of a legacy you will leave behind on the internet? your videos will always resurface and trend again and again. Love what you do, brilliant.

    • Atespeach
      Atespeach 13 dias atrás +1

      @Dakoder II Conspiracy theorist spotted

    • First Last
      First Last 13 dias atrás +1

      He should go on Guinness for most unique activities experienced on camera.

    • MW
      MW 13 dias atrás

      @Craig Jensen Team Aurora Equatoralis-Party Like It's 1859!

    • BJB
      BJB 13 dias atrás

      @Craig Jensen or at least minding the business (es) of just their relatives and neighbors.

    • Solanum Tuberosa
      Solanum Tuberosa 13 dias atrás +2

      and then you have ba dum tss

  • ChaZ-E
    ChaZ-E 13 dias atrás +4

    "Inventor, artist and engineer" - This is what humans should aspire to be.

  • Carlton Harris
    Carlton Harris Dia atrás

    Tom Scott: The places you've been, the things you've seen & done--you're living a dream life and are a national treasure to the U.K. I salute you, sir!

  • Def _notDan
    Def _notDan 13 dias atrás +1

    I love how Tom Scott just immediately gives the answer to the question in the title instead of prolonging it by 30 mins.

  • Classic CJ
    Classic CJ 6 dias atrás

    Thank you, Tom Scott, for asking the hard-hitting questions.

  • Occupy Mars
    Occupy Mars 13 dias atrás +1452

    The creator of aéroplume is a friend of my dad's, i got to try the blimp a couple times. It's definitely fun and a very serene experience, just floating gently through the air. Beating the wings puts a hell of a strain on the arms though!

    • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
      Vigilant Cosmic Penguin 13 dias atrás

      @Occupy Mars Well, surely you must have some friends who are birds. You can just ask them what it feels like.

    • User 2C47
      User 2C47 13 dias atrás

      @The Sheepster Absolutely nothing like a bird. Much more like a big fish with no tail.

    • Ragnhild
      Ragnhild 13 dias atrás +3

      @YeeSoest
      I’m sure you’d develop quite beefy chest muscles if you did this regularly.

    • YeeSoest
      YeeSoest 13 dias atrás +4

      Oh of course, we don't have the chest of birds where large wing muscles would attach because WE DON'T FLY ! I never thought about that but sure, our wings would be pathetic and we wouldn't be able to fly anywhere without being gassed immediately

    • Joe
      Joe 13 dias atrás +1

      I would have thought the wings had to be quite light

  • Kerry Aldrich
    Kerry Aldrich 12 dias atrás

    I am so jealous of this little adventure of yours. Thanks so much for taking me along.

  • Sandwell Jackson
    Sandwell Jackson 13 dias atrás +1

    Despite being 45 years old, viewing this makes me feel youthful. It looks incredible.

  • Carlos Wx
    Carlos Wx 11 dias atrás +1

    This is fantastic! Please make a bigger blimp for those of us who are more massive 😳 I need 90+ kg

  • Q3ve
    Q3ve 11 dias atrás +1

    A video idea: the tide in Southampton, supposedly this is abnormal (it regularly follows two highs or two lows). this is unlike Portsmouth there the tide is normal.
    I believe there are other places like this in the world, but this one is unique in Europe, as far as I know.

  • optimisticbeard
    optimisticbeard 13 dias atrás +310

    Tom in a separate video: helium is a finite resource with only about 100 years worth left in the world
    Also Tom:

    • BananaDoe
      BananaDoe 13 dias atrás +1

      ​@Michael L Your inflated ego is showing.

    • Perkaholic
      Perkaholic 13 dias atrás

      @Ollie or another one where it’s super cold down below and the poor people live below but since heat rises it’s gets more liveable the higher it goes

    • JGHFunRun
      JGHFunRun 13 dias atrás +2

      @Ashurean You can also get it from nuclear decay, alpha specifically. We mainly get it via fracking and what little mining of radioactive minerals there is because of this. That said fusion is the industry that will make it cheap when we get it working

    • Ollie
      Ollie 13 dias atrás

      @Ashurean now I have an idea for a book where poor people live at the top of skyscrapers because helium has pooled at the top of the atmosphere and the air quality is lower

    • Mercer
      Mercer 13 dias atrás +9

      This doesn't exhaust helium

  • Wrulfy
    Wrulfy 12 dias atrás +1

    I wish helium was much easier to produce so we could do this kind of silly and fun stuff in more places.
    Helium really makes stuff more interesting

  • Sean Not-telling
    Sean Not-telling 13 dias atrás

    Tom, I must say that you have help fill up my bucket list of things to do or see. Thank You.

  • Your Unknown Friend  💗
    Your Unknown Friend 💗 12 dias atrás

    That was freaking cool. I definitely want to try that!

  • mattyjmar10
    mattyjmar10 12 dias atrás

    This looks SO COOL!!! Consider it added to my bucket list. Amazing.

  • Eric Goldman
    Eric Goldman 13 dias atrás +1253

    One of the things that particularly struck me how the movement and maneuvering of the fins looked very much like how fish use their pectoral fins, especially when just chilling and trying to stay (relatively) in one place. This of course makes sense, because it's the same exact principles at play just in different fluids (air versus water).

    • Major Bruster
      Major Bruster 11 dias atrás

      @Robin Love it's more common than you think. Having spent hundreds of hours studying Cichlids (mainly Apistogrammas) it occurs about 17 - 18 times per 100 encounters. However, this may be an artifact of captivity as when I observed Cichlids in lakes Malawi and Tanganyika I never saw this. Glad you mentioned it.

    • Robin Love
      Robin Love 11 dias atrás

      @Major Bruster I'm aware fish can swim backwards it's just not a common behaviour, unless as you mentioned territorial rift lake cichlids or shell dwellers

    • HunterSteel29
      HunterSteel29 12 dias atrás +2

      @Gnarux A fluid is a liquid, gas, or other material that continuously deforms under an applied shear stress, or external force. They have zero shear modulus, or, in simpler terms, are substances which cannot resist any shear force applied to them.

    • Gnarux
      Gnarux 12 dias atrás

      Air is a gas and not a fluid ;)

    • Eric Goldman
      Eric Goldman 12 dias atrás

      @Steven Gordon Water is a liquid (i.e. an incompressible fluid), while air is a gas (a compressible fluid). They _are_ both fluids, which is more a description of dynamics/behavior rather than a state of matter.

  • Thomp
    Thomp 12 dias atrás +1

    It's funny that with all the stuff Tom's done, he seems to be always and forever out of his element.

  • Questioner
    Questioner 13 dias atrás

    There are also indoor skydiving parks involving giant fans - this seems significantly more serene. Like a motorboat vs. canoe.

  • mosher2001
    mosher2001 12 dias atrás +1

    That looks like such a fun and unique experience. Found the right rabbit hole on youtube today.

  • bastardacademic
    bastardacademic 12 dias atrás

    I cannot imagine how much more that would cost if it were done in the UK, but that's brilliant

  • royksk
    royksk 13 dias atrás +7

    This looks like fun. My big concern though is that helium is non-renewable and a lot of it is needed for MRI scanners.

  • vexingvexillologist
    vexingvexillologist 9 dias atrás

    The audio on this video is really excellent! Incredibly immersive, made you feel like you were actually there

  • B l o o m p
    B l o o m p 20 horas atrás

    i live in France , one time in vacation near this cave i saw and avertisement for these flying persons, and i thought "well that's revolutionnary" ,but i didn't understand why this were only there and only advertised in small paperd.
    Now i hope this video will make Aeroplume famous !

  • Anmol Agrawal
    Anmol Agrawal 13 dias atrás

    Answered within 2 seconds of the start of the video.
    Thanks a ton for that! I will watch the whole video still, might be even encouraged too because of fair presentation.
    It is truly heartbreaking that this isn't standard.
    Much appreciated!

  • Yuuki
    Yuuki 13 dias atrás +780

    I loved Antoine's calm and slow demeanor, he really sets the speed of how people are going to act in there.

    • ACasualRobloxian
      ACasualRobloxian 8 dias atrás +9

      5:04
      "Kilogram - De igher u arr, De otter et es."

    • tanaka314159
      tanaka314159 11 dias atrás +9

      It`s called being French.

    • Kimg Komg
      Kimg Komg 11 dias atrás +31

      He probably has to deal with people having panic attacks 2 seconds after leaving the ground

    • Hung Nguyen
      Hung Nguyen 12 dias atrás +11

      IKR If he teach faster Tom probably would cut the weight and break the roof then fly away 🤣

  • Caesar88
    Caesar88 13 dias atrás +1

    I some how don't believe that average human weighs 70kg, sure Tom's weight might be. Anyway cool way to see these great things via Tom's videos - thank you!

  • Chris Guarraia
    Chris Guarraia 13 dias atrás

    This is absolutely cool. And it also looks very soothing. Thank you for this!

  • Gary V
    Gary V 13 dias atrás

    That looks like a lot of fun. Compare this though to that video a little while back where Tom is in the rafters of some building, completely secure and safe, and he was freaking out about it.

  • Paragliding Prospector
    Paragliding Prospector 13 dias atrás

    Super cool! I’d love to try this! Thx for sharing Tom!

  • Unoriginal Name
    Unoriginal Name 13 dias atrás +705

    Love how he doesn’t beat around the bush. Just walks into frame and tells you the answer. Amazing.

    • Nick Nirus
      Nick Nirus 13 dias atrás +2

      that's Tom Scott for ya

    • Boom
      Boom 13 dias atrás +10

      yep theres a sizeable amount of good quality youtubers that practice ethical clickbait. there's even adam neely who puts the answers to the clickbait title, in the thumbnail, which is hilarious and awesome

    • Peter Bradley
      Peter Bradley 13 dias atrás +34

      he has confidence that the rest of his video is enough to keep us interested, so he doesn't feel the need to string us along..

    • Terence Michaels
      Terence Michaels 13 dias atrás +15

      Refreshing, isn't it.

    • Khalilah D.
      Khalilah D. 13 dias atrás +16

      Lmfao exactly. Love that about him

  • Matt Faraday
    Matt Faraday 11 dias atrás

    Wanted to do it too. 80kg limit. Quite a bit outside of that. But not impossible! I think Tom had all the fun there was to have there that day.

  • KiyokaMakibi
    KiyokaMakibi 12 dias atrás +1

    Curious how different this feels to zero gravity. The latter I doubt I'll experience, but this flying thing is feasible. :o

    • Hidden
      Hidden 12 dias atrás

      @Nathan Franz Yes, but you're floating mid-air. I'd assume you would barely feel any body weight because you're being "lifted", you're not "constantly falling" so it's kinda like zero G ? Except of course the fact that you can barely do any movements and that you still need to hold your arms onto these giant flaps.

    • Nathan Franz
      Nathan Franz 12 dias atrás

      Very different. "Zero gravity" is the feeling of free-fall.

  • afgaming360
    afgaming360 13 dias atrás

    This is a must do just imagining what it looks like from up there flying around it’s gotta be amazing

  • Martijn S.
    Martijn S. 12 dias atrás

    Interesting that they say they can't get the air out of the helium balloon. I would expect it all collects at the bottom since it's much denser than the helium (pushing the helium to the top), so a small vent at the tip of the balloon (holding it vertical for venting) should be able to fetch out only the air that's sunk to the bottom?

  • Karol Kozik
    Karol Kozik 13 dias atrás +138

    Incentives for loosing weight:
    -to be in good health
    -to be in peak condition
    -to feel good about yourself
    -to be able to go to France and pay to pretend to be a blimp for half an hour

    • Johan Van Hoof
      Johan Van Hoof 13 dias atrás +9

      ​@Frietje Oorlog Always be the blimp you wanna be !

    • colossalbreacker
      colossalbreacker 13 dias atrás +3

      I would rather gain muscle than pretend to be a blimp.

    • Frietje Oorlog
      Frietje Oorlog 13 dias atrás +20

      Incentive to *not* lose weight: pretend to be a blimp all day long!

  • Lucius Chiaraviglio
    Lucius Chiaraviglio 13 dias atrás

    Now I want to see a version of this with pedal-powered blimps in a bigger hangar . . . .

  • chilaou
    chilaou 10 dias atrás

    How can you not have a great time watching someone's giddy reaction to something like this. That was a delight. :3

  • KapteinFruit
    KapteinFruit 5 dias atrás

    That looks amazing I want to try it for sure!

  • Mike Stocks
    Mike Stocks 8 dias atrás

    60 euro seems very worth it for that experience. If I ever did travel abroad to France, I would have to try this if it's publicly availabile

  • StrathclydeGamer
    StrathclydeGamer 13 dias atrás +776

    Nothing in this not to love. That instructor was just incredible, patient and relaxed while explaining aerodynamics in a second language. A brilliant business concept. And of course, Tom, a huge smile and clearly loving every moment.

    • Lachlan Chester
      Lachlan Chester 12 dias atrás +2

      @Steve D Tom literally did a video about how helium realistically isn’t that scarce and this is fine

    • Steve
      Steve 12 dias atrás +2

      @Nick H. just because they are trying to be efficient doesn’t mean it isn’t wasting rare elements

    • sir calvin
      sir calvin 12 dias atrás +2

      @MaxSantos the biggest consumer of helium is the macys parade

    • too big
      too big 12 dias atrás +8

      @MaxSantos and given how they are reused its far more effective than most common uses of helium, which are (very often) a single use time thing

    • MaxSantos
      MaxSantos 12 dias atrás +28

      @Steve D Like filling party balloons? I'm joking but i guess a lot more gets wasted at Disney parks. We can excuse this use.

  • efnissien
    efnissien 13 dias atrás

    It's the unbridled joy you're showing that I'm loving in this!

  • Paul Cashman
    Paul Cashman 11 dias atrás

    Looks like a lot of fun, and Antoine is good eye-candy in his own right. :)

  • Freddo the Wheelchair Guy
    Freddo the Wheelchair Guy 11 dias atrás

    That looks like so much fun. Do you think I could do it from a wheelchair? Do they have an accessible option?

  • sodanakin
    sodanakin 9 dias atrás

    This is why I love your videos, I don't specifically have to watch the entire video to get the answer to the title.
    Not getting clickbaited into 30 minute videos , that's the gold, I'll watch the entire video as appreciation

  • rudy ruddiger
    rudy ruddiger 13 dias atrás

    What a marvellous experience, thank you for sharing