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Balloon & Blimp Themed Articles


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FEB152013
GAM Previews: 35th Festival International de Ballons, Chateau d’Oex Moving on from their first balloon meet of the year in Italy, Paul Dopson and Heaven Crawley travel to Switzerland for the 35th International Balloon Festival in Chateau d’Oex.
JAN212013
Balloons and Blimps: Women's Balloon Meet 2012 The 2012 Women’s Balloon Meet took place in October at Welshpool in Powys. This was the third annual event and the first where the balloons actually flew! Guest reviewer Heaven Crawley takes to the air for her first balloon meet as a newly qualified pilot.
JAN182013
GAM Previews: XXV Meet of the Epiphany - Mondovi Paul Dopson and Heaven Crawley travel to Italy to take part in their first Internazionale dell'Epifania - Città di Mondovì.
OCT082012
Balloons and Blimps >> Grass Roots Balloon Meet 2012 Kev Sullivan guest reports for GAR from the Grass Roots Balloon Meet held at Sackville Lodge Airfield near Bedford.
FEB012012
GAM Previews: Up, Up and Away! Searching for good weather for some training flights and taking part in the first UK balloon meet of the year, Paul Dopson reports on all things ballooning.
AUG152011
Balloons and Blimps >> Airship Ventures' US Tour Airship Ventures has been taking its Farmers Insurance branded Zeppelin NT on a tour of the United States. Rob Edgcumbe caught up with them as they made a stop at DuPage County Airport in the Chicago area.
APR262011
Balloons & Blimps: A Goodyear for Road Safety The iconic Goodyear blimp recently returned to the United Kingdom to commence the 2011 Goodyear Safety Tour, promoting the company's road safety initiatives across 20 European countries. Elliott Marsh goes blimp hunting for GAR.
NOV232010
A Load of Hot Air - Paul Dopson's Guide to Ballooning It's a genre we've covered a number of times here on GAR previously and ballooning, along with gliding, is possibly aviation at its purest and most serene. But what's it actually all about and how does it all work? As one of the pilots on the GAR team, Paul Dopson gives us his introduction to flying a hot air balloon.
OCT192010
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Hundreds of colourful hot air balloons packed into a field, those same balloons rising into the air seemingly as one, the freedom to wander in amongst it all and to take part if you want, and the chance to do it over again several times if you so choose. It must be October, you must be in New Mexico and it must be the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. Rob Edgcumbe guest reports for GAR.
SEP282010
The 54th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett Gas Balloon Race
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The 54th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett gas balloon race took to the skies from a launch site near Bristol in the early hours of Sunday morning. Paul Dopson was there for GAR.
SEP212010
The Maiden Flight of the Cameron GB-1000
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With under a week to go before the start of the 54th Coupe Aeronautique Gordon Bennett International Gas Balloon Race 2010, GAR was invited to attend the recent first flight of a new Cameron gas balloon that David Hempleman-Adams will fly as GB1 in the race. Paul Dopson was there to witness this historic event.
AUG242010
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2010 Running from 12th-15th August, Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2010 suffered from more than its fair share of adverse weather. Paul Dopson and John Higgins were there to report for GAR, and it's John who takes up the story first.
AUG102010
The 2010 ASTRA Bristol International Balloon Fiesta - media launch This weekend, August 12th-15th, sees the United Kingdom based balloonists keeping their fingers crossed for good weather for the 2010 ASTRA Bristol International Balloon Fiesta. Paul Dopson attended the Media Launch for GAR.
JUN152010
The 54th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett International Gas Balloon Race Media Launch
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Gas Balloons? Gordon Bennett, it's GB2010! Thursday 10th June saw the Media Launch for the prestigious Gordon Bennett Balloon Race at Bristol Council House. GAR's in-house balloonist Paul Dopson reports.
AUG232009
It's the Goodyear Blimp! It is one of the most instantly recognisable sights in aviation and has reserved a place in popular culture and the media. Paul Dunn stops off in California to visit an aviation icon.
AUG082009
Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2009 In a clear blue, contrail-crossed sky, over a major British city, the objects hung silently, before many of the people below were even awake. They sailed majestically towards the sun, which had only just risen, like a silent airborne armada, their numbers continually increasing as more lifted up, up and away. So began the second full day of the Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2009. The newest addition to the GAR Team, John Higgins, reports.
AUG022009
Lorraine Mondial Air Balloons 2009 For UK balloonists the summer of 2009 was always going to be one to look forward to. Well, it would have been had the weather forecasters' prediction of a "barbeque summer" been correct! Paul Dopson provides GAR readers with an unusual perspective of 'Lorraine Mondial Air Balloons' 2009.
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