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DR. DON CAMERON: A HISTORY OF BALLOONING IN BRISTOL

posted 21 Oct 2018, 01:55 by Parish Council Communications
DR. DON CAMERON:
A HISTORY OF BALLOONING IN BRISTOL 

- AND UP TO THE PRESENT DAY

This lecture is generously co-funded and supported by FLiSCA

Wednesday 24th October 2018, 7.30pm
FRESHFORD VILLAGE MEMORIAL HALL BA2 7UR

There are very few people on the planet who can legitimately claim that their entire career has been based on hot air.   Dr. Cameron will share his knowledge of the beginnings of this aeronautical pastime.  

Don Cameron started Cameron Balloons Ltd. Bristol from his basement flat in Bristol in 1971, moving on to some rooms in a disused church hall.  It is now housed in a 42000 sq. ft. factory in the centre of Bristol and is the world's largest manufacturer of hot-air balloons.    

He piloted the first major attempt at the transatlantic crossing, stopping one hundred miles short of the coast of France but still achieved the world record for a ninety six hour flight for which he was awarded the Royal Aeronautical Society gold medal.  His adventuring spirit also led him to take the first hot air flight over the Swiss Alps and the very first flight from the UK, with his Russian co-pilot to the Soviet Union in 1990 shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall.   

Members free    Visitors £2.00     Everyone welcome
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