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

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

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

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Team SUI-01: “So now we are descending over beautiful flat ground. Thank you to all our team for the fantastic support. It was a great time and we can still find it hard to believe that our dream is about to come true...”

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Day 2 roundup: 5,000m, 50km/h and a long night ahead

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Five balloons are left in the race after a day that has seen the three leading pilots stretch ahead by several hundred kilometres, and many others landing after some 40-hours of flying...

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Tuesday lunchtime update – 'Three strategies emerge'

GB2016 Sciboz-Tieche_SUI2_26Stefan Handl, Event Director, gives his thoughts on the race unfolding today. 'The second group will be looking to use the Mistral wind-effect and then exit the mainland of France and continue on to the Mediterranean sea...'

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The Head Game: ‘You have to tough it out – it’s a real mental battle’

GB2016 gladbeck 28“After 12 hours all you want to do is land.” Talking before the race launch on Sunday night, British balloonist Jonathan Harris, who has been a pilot in the Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett and was there supporting Team GBR 01, explained a little about the mental side of this sport...

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Day 2: Race leaders cross the Alps, head south

GB2016 gladbeck 27The race has split, with one group climbing high and crossing the Alps while a second group plays strategy to the north. We update who's landed and the state of play...

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‘They can make Greece’ – Trans-Pacific record holder Leonid Tiukhtyaev

GB2016 gladbeck 26Leonid Tiukhtyaev broke the long-standing distance and duration records for gas ballooning in 2015 when he and co-pilot Troy Bradley flew 10,711km across the Pacific Ocean. The flight took 160.6 hours. What does he think of the race?

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Gordon Bennett, Day 1: Team SUI2 share this amazing moment

 

GB2016 gladbeck 24 2In the basket with Team SUI2 on Day 1 of the Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett. Pilots Nicolas Tieche and Laurent Sciboz have covered 250km so far, and shared this amazing photo with us at Race HQ in Gladbeck.

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Two groups develop as the race reaches Luxembourg

GB2016 gladbeck 25Balloonists are now well on track, with two distinct groups developing. Slightly to the west and behind is what we’ll call the slower group. This group will be aiming to pass the Alps to the west...

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Pilots launch at the start of the world’s most prestigious gas-balloon race

GB2016 launchThe race is on! Gas-balloonists from a dozen countries launched early this morning at the start of what is aviation’s oldest and most prestigious gas-balloon race – the 60th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett.

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‘Fantastic Mondial’ sees five new Parachuting world records

mondial2016 2The 2016 FAI World Parachuting Championships – Mondial is drawing to a close, two days earlier than expected due to the good weather over the week. The final rounds of Accuracy was performed yesterday and, all being well, the closing ceremony was held last night, Sunday 18 September 2016.

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