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International Women’s Day 8th March 2020!

6th March 2020 Jo Bailey Balloon Ride Innovation, Features, Hot Air Balloon History, Hot Air Balloon Stories

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we are looking back at some of the most influential women in hot air ballooning. As far back as the late 1700s women have been involved in hot air ballooning. After the Montgolfier brothers demonstrated the first ever tethered flight with humans on board in…

Hot air balloons to take to Venusian skies

29th January 2019 Mark Balloon Ride Innovation

Last month, NASA scientists announced their intention to send specially adapted hot air balloons to Venus as part of ongoing international research into the composition of the mysterious orb. Venus is the second planet from

Surprise hot air balloon visit for Gloucester bacon sarnie seller

12th December 2018 amy Balloon Ride Innovation

Local balloon enthusiast Thomas Lee gave Gloucestershire residents something to talk about when he landed in a layby near Dursley in South Gloucestershire last

Weston-super-Mare artist celebrated as award-winning aerial photographer

14th November 2018 amy Balloon Ride Innovation

The winners of the Landscape Photographer of the Year for 2018 were announced in mid-October, and local photographer Alex Wolfe-Warman took home the prize for the Urban View award. Now in its 12th year, the

Bad weather scuppers solar balloon record attempt

19th April 2018 Mark Balloon Ride Innovation

A team of engineers recently attempted to break the world record for the highest ascent of a hot air balloon in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but were foiled by the weather. The solar balloon is

Solar powered balloon visits Bristol school

19th July 2017 amy Balloon Ride Innovation

Schoolchildren at a Bristol-based primary school were given a treat as they were visited by the world’s very first

Google’s hot air balloon project gets boost

28th February 2017 Mark Balloon Ride Innovation

Scientists involved in Google’s internet-delivering hot air balloons recently announced a breakthrough in their research, which could bring the final product years closer to becoming a reality. The project – known as Project Loon – is a

Russian balloon breaks world record

13th February 2017 amy Balloon Ride Innovation

Two Russian men have recently broken a 20-year-old record for the longest nonstop hot air balloon flight. Adventurer Fyodor Konyukhov has

Stunt plane achieves world first knife-edge aerobatics between the Anana and Taittinger Hot Air Balloons

8th November 2016 Jo Bailey Balloon Ride Innovation, General, Hot Air Balloon News, Hot Air Balloon Records, Hot Air Balloons at Events, News, Uncategorised

See the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EA9KsN3Ey7M In a world-first, a specially modified Pitts Special S2S stunt plane flew at 90 degrees to horizontal, just a few feet above the ground between two closely tethered hot air balloons, cutting a ribbon tied between the two balloons, 10th October at Staverton Airfield in Gloucestershire. After…

DJ performs in hot air balloon

28th April 2016 Mark Balloon Ride Innovation

A Polish DJ has recently performed a unique set at an event in Switzerland by taking the decks to the skies in a hot air balloon. Ever since Swedish musical duo Dada lifted off as