The Swiss duo of Nicolas Tièche and Laurent Sciboz (Team 6), have covered 1138 miles and are flying over Wisconsin toward the Great Lakes. Defending champions Barbara Fricke and Peter Cuneo of the U.S. (Team 1) have covered 1124 miles! In this race, U.S. (Team 1) has also snatched the lead from the Swiss duo (Team 6), who in turn regained the lead, overnight.Read More
Twenty-one gas balloon teams took part in the 61st Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett Race. They took off on 8th September 2017, between 17:30 and 18:33Read More
What makes gas balloons fly? Gas balloons ascend because the gas inside is less dense and lighter than the air on the outside of theRead More
Source: FAI — French balloon pilots Vincent Leys and Christophe Houver won the 61st Gordon Bennett Cup over the weekend of 8-10 September 2017.Read More
Yesterday, 21 gas balloon teams from 13 countries took off from Gruyères airfield, in Switzerland to compete in the 61st Coupe Aéronautique Gordon BennettRead More
This thrill seeker walks on a wobbly rope 2,165 feet above the ground, between two floating hot-air balloons. Stanislav Paniuta struggled at first to get a foothold on the rope as balloon pilots and others watch. Was the risk catastrophic?Read More
Seventy years ago, Donald Piccard, barely 21, modified the envelope of a Japanese balloon bomb for a balloon flight over Minneapolis and earned the nation’s first Free Balloon Pilot Certificate. The student pilot flew solo for two hours and 10 minutes in a paper and hydrogen balloon for the first time, creating history and reactivating the sport of ballooning in the United States. But the balloon that he flew also brought to light another interesting story–this one from its prior service as a Japanese balloon bomb!Read More
Balloons took to the skies in record numbers on Friday, April 7, as 82 hot air balloons launched from Lydden Hill Race Circuit atRead More
It’s “GREEN” for the hundred hot air balloon pilots who have been oscillating between “standby” and “amber alerts” since 5th March, in anticipation of favorable weather to cross the English Channel..
Datum RPO, is backing the project and will lead the fleet. Organized by leading aerial marketing specialist Exclusive Ballooning, this mass crossing is set for a Guinness World Record, and will smash the existing world record set in 2011, which had 49 balloons fly across the channel. All the best from The Balloon Journal for a safe and enjoyable flight.
In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Sophie Blanchard, became a celebrated balloonist and aeronautical entertainer drawing huge crowds to her balloon-based stunts. As fearless and ambitious as her husband, the famous French ballooning pioneer Jean-Pierre Blanchard, she rode tiny flimsy scaffolds for gondolas that became her style, and she delighted in creating dazzling fireworks, while swinging perilously from the balloon.Read More