Hot Air Balloons at Veterans Day in Texas

Photos by Rebecca LaFlure/Community Impact Newspaper


Lately in air sports…

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Renaud Ecalle Tribute

Renaud was a great aviator and friend which won many competitions in his career including the World Aerobatic Championships at Silverstone in 2009 and the European Aerobatic Championship in Touzim 2010.  We dedicate this tribute to his beloved ones and with deep condolences to his family.

Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett at start – first update

UPDATE 27th Sept 2010

20 Gas Balloons launched from Bristol for the Gordon Bennett Gas Balloon Race on Saturday 25th September, 12 balloons are still flying after 32 hours of flight.

The balloons launched from Bristol at midnight on Saturday 25th with a wind direction that took them south and over the channel at Lyme Regis at around 4am.

32 hours later 12 balloons still flying, including two balloons flying over the Mediterranean Sea, heading for Italy.

Balloons have been flying for 32 hours, with two pilots in each 1.2 metre squared basket.  20 teams have travelled from 11 countries to compete in this historic and unique aviation event which first launched in Paris in 1906 thanks to the organisation of James Gordon Bennett Jnr.

All teams pilots who have landed are safe and well, and beginning the journey back to Bristol for dinner with event Patron HRH Duke of Edinburgh on Saturday 2nd October.  The retrieve crews set out from Bristol after the midnight launch on Saturday and most are within an hour of the pilots who have landed.

For the first time since James Gordon Bennett Junior held his infamous gas balloon race in 1906 it launches from Great Britain, thanks to the winning race flight of intrepid explorer David Hempleman-Adams and co-pilot Jonathan Mason who flew 1767 kms from Albuquerque to the shores of Lake Michigan North of Chicago, winning the 2008 race.

Event President Anthony Smith said “The British Balloon and Airship Club are delighted to host this magnificent and historical lighter-than-air race in Great Britain for the first time.”


The 54th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett had a great start this weekend on 25th of Sept in Bristol. The breeze delayed the inflation of the balloons by a couple of hours but the audience was patient and relaxed waiting for the big moment to come up.

The public watched the inflation of the balloons and just before midnight all 20 launched into the night.

Check out the status of the flights and the official reports on the Gordon Bennett website.

Coupe Icare 2010

Coupe Icare 2010 happened in Saint Hilaire du Touvet, France. For more details about the arts and air sports event please check out the official website. Pictures by Ilan Ginzburg –

Championnat de France de Montgolfiere

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The World Parachuting Championships started

Hello all! We are happy to announce that we didn’t missed this one either! We are there equipped with cameras and will be keeping you updated with what is going on the World Parachuting Championships these days.

For now we had prepared a pic from the second day of the event. Stay tuned!