Aim high! US Air Force pilot sends engagement ring into space outside the marriage proposal
- Stuart Shippee, from Missouri, presents Marie Lisman with a weather balloon
- He confirms an imitation engagement ring to load and launches it in the air
- Weather balloon travels more than 90,000 feet in the atmosphere before it bursts
A romantic air force pilot launched an engagement ring of more than 90,000 feet into the atmosphere to present his girlfriend in amazing images.
Stuart Shippee, from Missouri, and his partner Marie Lisman were planning to launch a 13th Bomb Squadron challenge coin with a few friends.
But moments before the balloon fled, Mr. Shippee replaced the locket with an imitation engagement ring that he hoped his fiancé would find when the balloon returned to the ground.
Mr. Shippee, a B-2 Spirit Stealth bomber pilot of the 393rd Bomb Squadron at Whiteman Air Force Base, said he had to rely on both his air engineering degree and pilot training to make the impressive stunt.
Stuart Shippee, from Missouri, launches an imitation engagement ring over 90,000 ft into the atmosphere to present to his girlfriend Marie Lisman
He had launched coins in the air on a few previous occasions until he felt confident enough to try the proposal – but he only had one chance to get it right, because Mrs. Lisman was just in town this weekend.
He told me Whiteman Air Force Base website: ‘I thought about it for a while, so I wasn’t sure if I would have enough guts to do it. I finally went for it.
“If something went wrong, everything would fail.”
Mr. Shippee told Mrs. Lisman that he would attach a coin to the weather balloon with a video camera placed to record his journey through the atmosphere.
The couple and some friends are waiting for the weather balloon to leave – with Lisman unaware of a military challenge coin that she thought was stuck, had been exchanged for a ring
The balloon flies into the sky from the Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri with green fields disappearing in the distance
In images of the flight the pilot quickly sees the coin swapping for an imitation ring – instead of the real thing – when his girlfriend is not looking.
The balloon then starts flying through the air with Mrs. Lisman seen just behind a shot from the ring while the group disappears into the distance.
It continues to climb higher and makes its way through the atmosphere, until the ring revolves above a layer of clouds with beautiful blue skies in the distance.
Not long afterwards it floats more than 90,000 feet high – with deep space floating above the curvature of the earth in the amazing images.
It climbs quickly to 90,000 feet above the ground with deep space seen floating above the curvature of the earth
The ring falls to the ground in a cornfield that Mr. Shippee and Mrs. Lisman find thanks to GPS attached to the balloon’s charge
While Lisman excitedly locates the load, her boyfriend appears behind her with the real engagement ring in her hand
The weather balloon then turns wild before it bursts and the ring falls back to the ground – where an excited Mrs. Lisman finds him in a corn field thanks to GPS on the box.
Looking at the fallen balloon, her boyfriend takes a knee behind her with the real engagement ring and finally sees the placeholder attached to the load.
Mr. Shippee then celebrates the success of his proposal, which took place last August, in the clip that recently appeared online.
“When I first picked up the balloon charge, I didn’t see the imitation ring until I looked down and Stuart was on his knee,” Lisman said. “I was speechless! After the long day and difficult search for the load, I was very happy that the end was so special. “