Constructed through the efforts of the Spragueville Extension and the Merle Sprague family and donated to the City in 1981, the park consists of … The Double Eagle II was constructed by Ed Yost of Tea, South Dakota, who had himself made a trans-Atlantic attempt in 1976. The gondola was equipped with computers for navigation and radio gear for communication with land monitoring stations. Double Eagle II Airport (AEG) is an active general aviation facility on Albuquerque’s west side. The flight of the Double Eagle II has been a prominent exhibit at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Air and Space Museum. The Double Eagle II completes the first transatlantic balloon flight when it lands in a barley field near Paris, 137 hours after lifting off from Preque Isle, Maine. Double Eagle II, a helium-filled ballon 34 m high with a diameter of 20 m, piloted by Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson, and Larry Newman, became the first balloon to cross the Atlantic Ocean when it landed 17 August 1978 in Miserey near Paris, 137 hours 6 minutes after leaving Presque Isle, Maine, covering a total distance of 4,988 km. There are approximately 240 based aircraft and 120,000 annual operations comprising training, military, air ambulance, charter, private and corporate flights.