Photo credit: National Geographic Channel

Now that you’ve seen the houses that inspired Disney Pixar’s UP, a group of engineers decided to build the real deal, complete with helium balloons. Plus, it also took home the award for world’s largest cluster balloon flight ever attempted. Click here for more pictures. Continue reading for the news report.

The entire experimental aircraft was more than 10 stories high, reached an altitude of over 10,000 feet, and flew for approximately one hour. The filming of the event, from a private airstrip, will be part of a new National Geographic Channel series called How Hard Can it Be?, which will premiere in fall 2011.

[via MyModernMet]