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!


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  • elginover 10 years
    on thursday april 7th the skies obove dove strait were filled with colorful hot air ballons all trying make their way across the english chanel.
    • zekeover 10 years
      where in the world would you find a dragon balloon.
      • kallemover 10 years
        were in the world would you find a dragon balloons.
        • kaytlinover 10 years
          • KAITLINover 10 years
            THAT IS SO COOL!!!
            • PAYTON CATRONover 10 years
              THATS SO COOL!!!!
              • ALIEN-Cover 10 years
                HAHAH SO FUNNY
                • yasirover 10 years
                  cool dragon balloons!!!!!!
                  • Buffie7over 10 years
                    Although it didn't say how many balloons?
                    • Buffie7over 10 years
                      This is reminds me of my trip to the Albuquerque Balloon Festival! Good times.