Felix Baumgartner's jump and some grammar
It's a cut from the postponed take off message:
..... Today, the launch of the Red Bull Stratos capsule had to be stopped at 11:42 a.m. local time in Roswell, New Mexico just before Felix Baumgartner's giant 30 million cubic foot balloon had been fully inflated and made ready for take off. ........
Here the action that was in earlier past is in simple past and I do not understand why ? Because earlier past uses past perfect. I'd have understood this if there had been the word "after" but not "before".