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To the victors the spoils! Swiss pilots reign at Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett 2016

Switzerland’s Kurt Frieden and Pascal Witpraechtiger (Team SUI 1) were crowned champions of the 60th...

Gas balloons touch down in Greece for the very first time

Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett 2016 champions - Switzerland’s Kurt Frieden and Pascal Witpraechti...

How to survive 48 hours - or more - in a 1m2 gas balloon basket

Gas balloon racing teams often spend days in the air - sharing a tiny space and sometimes dealing wi...

Victory for Switzerland’s Kurt Frieden and Pascal Witpraechtiger

It’s official! After flying 1,803.40 kilometres from Gladbeck in northwest Germany to Stavros in c...

The view from below: Gordon Bennet Event Organiser Stefan Handl’s take on this year’s race

With 24 teams from around the world taking part, the 60th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett was the ...

Touchdown! Team SUI-01 crosses the sea to Greece to win

Team SUI-01: “So now we are descending over beautiful flat ground. Thank you to all our team for t...

To the victors the spoils! Swiss pilots reign  at Coupe Aéronautique Gordo....

To the victors the spoils! Swiss pilots reign at Coupe Aéronautique Gordo....

Switzerland’s Kurt Frieden and Pascal Witpraechtiger (Team SUI 1) were crowned champions of the 60th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett – the worl....

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Gas balloons touch down in Greece for the very first time

Gas balloons touch down in Greece for the very first time

Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett 2016 champions - Switzerland’s Kurt Frieden and Pascal Witpraechtiger (Team SUI 1) - made history when they lande....

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How to survive 48 hours - or more - in a 1m2 gas balloon basket

How to survive 48 hours - or more - in a 1m2 gas balloon basket

Gas balloon racing teams often spend days in the air - sharing a tiny space and sometimes dealing with stressful situations. Here, Coupe Aéronautique....

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Victory for Switzerland’s Kurt Frieden and Pascal Witpraechtiger

Victory for Switzerland’s Kurt Frieden and Pascal Witpraechtiger

It’s official! After flying 1,803.40 kilometres from Gladbeck in northwest Germany to Stavros in central Greece, Switzerland’s Kurt Frieden and ....

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The view from below: Gordon Bennet Event Organiser Stefan Handl’s take on....

The view from below: Gordon Bennet Event Organiser Stefan Handl’s take on....

With 24 teams from around the world taking part, the 60th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett was the biggest ever.

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Fedor Konyukhov Solo Around-The-World in a Balloon –  Official World....

Fedor Konyukhov Solo Around-The-World in a Balloon – Official World....

The FAI received the following records claims from the Russian balloonist Fedor Konyukhov, 64, who completed his circumnavigation on Saturday 23 July 2016 by landing near Bonnie Rock (AUS) in a Rozier....

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Fedor Konyukhov completed the solo around the world tour and landed sa....

Fedor Konyukhov completed the solo around the world tour and landed sa....

Russian veteran traveler Fedor Konyukhov, 64, landed safe and sound near the small town of Bonnie Rock on 23 July at 16.15 local time (08.15 UTC) after a 11 day 8 hours and 42 minutes flight in a Rozi....

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Russian Adventurer Fedor Konyukhov launches Solo Around-The-World Bid

Russian Adventurer Fedor Konyukhov launches Solo Around-The-World Bid

On Tuesday, 12 July at 07:30 Local Time (00:30 UTC), Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov, 65, took off in a hot-air balloon in Northam, Western Australia, in a bid to beat the record time for a solo fl....

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21 May 2000: The Story of Lindsay Muir's Hot Air Balloon World Record

21 May 2000: The Story of Lindsay Muir's Hot Air Balloon World Record

Balloon World Record not broken since We are pleased to continue our series of world record celebrations with an exceptional woman in ballooning sports: British Lindsay Muir. She established a fema....

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22 August 2017 20th FAI European Hot Air Balloon Championship - Brissac - Quincé, Anjou (France)
04 September 2017 4th FAI Women's European Hot Air Balloon Championship Leszno (Poland)
07 September 2017 61st Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett Epagny, Gruyères (Switzerland)
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Latest FAI World Record Claims

23 July 2016 Ballooning : Shortest time around the world : 272 h 11 min Fedor Konyukhov (RUS)
23 July 2016 Ballooning : Shortest time around the world : 272 h 11 min Fedor Konyukhov (RUS)
23 July 2016 Ballooning : Shortest time around the world : 272 h 11 min Fedor Konyukhov (RUS)
23 July 2016 Ballooning : Distance : 34'000 km Fedor Konyukhov (RUS)
25 January 2016 Ballooning : Duration : 32h 12min 47 sec Ivan Menyaylo (RUS)
10 January 2016 Ballooning : Duration : 9h 26 min Gregory J. Winker (USA)
31 January 2015 Ballooning : Duration : 160 h 34 min Troy Bradley (USA)
31 January 2015 Ballooning : Distance : 10 711,6 km Troy Bradley (USA)
31 January 2015 Ballooning : Duration : 160 h 34 min Troy Bradley (USA)
31 January 2015 Ballooning : Duration : 160 h 34 min Troy Bradley (USA)
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Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett

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The Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett is the most prestigious event in aviation and the ultimate challenge for the balloon pilots and their equipment.

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Where Legends meet.

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6 months until the 60th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett in Gladbeck, Germany!

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180 days to go until the 60th edition of the Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett, the FAI World Long Distance Gas Balloon Championship. This year the individual stories of the pilots full of adventure, skill, courage, survival and luck will continue in Gladbeck (GER) from 15 – 24 September 2016.

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