Record Number Of Hot Air Balloons Drift Across The English Channel

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On Thursday April 7th, the skies above the Dover Strait were filled with colorful hot-air balloons all trying to make their way across the English Channel, in a bid to establish the World record for the most balloons to cross the Channel, simultaneously.

The endeavor, organized by retired police officer Ian Sharpe, launched off from Kent's Lydden Hill Race Circuit in the wee hours of the morning. While some sailed through within an hour, others came in at a rather leisurely pace, with the last one rolling into Calais, France at 11am, almost four hours after it launched.

The colorful contingent, which attracted balloonists from all over Europe, comprised of some unusual balloons, including a 61-ft dragon shaped balloon, which is believed to be the largest of its kind and UK's only hot-air balloon that has a glass-bottomed basket.

What was most impressive is that Ian, who had spent 14 months organizing this event, was able to mobilize the participants within 24 hours after he received the go-ahead from the weather experts.

Besides setting a record, the participants also raised money for three different charities, including one that supports young people with disabilities. The only glitch in this otherwise perfect day was the one balloon that could not take-off, due to technical difficulties. But, since nobody was injured, all agreed that the flight attempt was as perfect as it could be - One that deserved to be celebrated with lots of bubbly champagne!

Resources: Dailymail.co.uk, worldrecordsacademy.org

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  • chadWednesday, November 15, 2017 at 8:41 am
    that is cool. Especially the dragon balloon.
    • fallinlove
      fallinloveWednesday, May 20, 2015 at 6:20 am
      I LIKE THE ONE THAT IS SHAPED LIKE A BOX.
      • diamondkid
        diamondkidThursday, March 5, 2015 at 11:52 am
        Wow!
        • turtlenicole
          turtlenicoleWednesday, October 1, 2014 at 7:11 pm
          I saw something similar at Vermont two years ago
          • IzzyFriday, January 31, 2014 at 1:14 pm
            AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:$
            • Suisdorito7543Monday, November 18, 2013 at 7:00 am
              Nice
              • Dalton SniderTuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:07 am
                That is big hot air ballons.
                • Jonathan Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 9:37 am
                  What the- How cool is that! WOW! Record Number Of Hot Air Balloons Drift Across The English Channel
                  • Jonathan Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 9:37 am
                    What the- How cool is that! WOW! Record Number Of Hot Air Balloons Drift Across The English Channel
                    • jonathonTuesday, November 8, 2011 at 5:22 am
                      is it just me or is this guy drunk