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Thursday, 9 Mar 2006

Biggest Hot-air Passenger Balloon from Cameron Balloons Ltd

Press Release from Cameron Balloons:

This 600 thousand cubic foot (volume) hot-air balloon, towers at 38metres (125feet), overshadowing the aircraft (in the attached pictures) It can carry up to 46 people, who stand in eight special compartments – four compartments either side of the central pilot compartment.

The enormous hot-air balloon was flown with sand ballast to replicate the weight of the passengers. This is another successful first to come from the Cameron Balloons, Bristol based factory, 'stated Don Cameron, Managing Director of Cameron Balloons (Born in Glasgow in 1939). Cameron Balloons also manufactured the first successful balloon to fly around the world in 1999 and the first record-breaking solo balloon which flew around the world in 2002.

This bespoke bright red, hot-air balloon and basket for Magic horizon in Egypt, was built in Cameron Balloons Ltd. Bristol and took about 20weeks to manufacture.

The all-cane woven basket dimensions are 6.05metres in length and 1.48metres in width and 1.15metres in height. The basket even has its own unique trailer and winch system to assist the crew to manage it while on the ground, as it alone weighs nearly half a tonne.

Cameron Balloons' test pilots flew it on the 'maiden' and test flight on the 10th February 2006 at Kemble Airfield in Gloucestershire in the presence of the official inspector for the CAA (Civila Aviation Authority)

FACTS

The balloon stands at 38metres (125feet) tall and has a diameter of 33.6metres (110feet) at the widest point

About 2.5km of single batch, specially dyed fabric and 20km of thread was used to build it.

The balloon has a maximum take off weight of 5.4tonnes (or 12,000lbs)

A standard sport balloon usually carries about 4 people and is a sixth of the size of this balloon

Registration = SU-262, Balloon Type = Z-600, Construction Number = 10772

For further information please contact:

Hannah Cameron or Alan Noble at Cameron Balloons                                             

www.cameronballoons.co.uk

hcameron@cameronballoons.co.uk                              Tel +44 (0) 117 963 7216                 Fax +44 (0) 117 966 1168

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