A world-record-breaking balloonist and Scotland’s leading hot air balloon pilot will showcase the excitement of balloon flight at Scotland’s Airshow at the National Museum of Flight on Saturday, July 27.
Brian Jones, who completed the first circumnavigation of the earth by balloon with co-pilot Bertrand Piccard, will re-tell his incredible adventures as both pilot and project manager for the historic flight in a special talk to be held in the Museum’s Concorde hangar at East Fortune. His record-breaking flight in the Breitling Orbiter 3 balloon took place in 1999 and lasted 19 days, 21 hours and 47 minutes. It remains history’s longest flight within the earth’s atmosphere in any form of flying machine.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to watch Graeme Houston, showcase his Muller Wiseman balloon at the event. Graeme is one of the country’s leading balloon pilots and has flown as a leisure, commercial and safari balloon pilot across the UK, Europe and Africa.
Other attractions at this year’s Airshow, which is being supported by the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, include the RAF’s supersonic Typhoon, a World War II Swordfish torpedo bomber biplane, a Spitfire and Hurricane, an F86 Sabre, the Breitling Wingwalkers, the Trig Aerobatic team and a host of entertainment
Brian Jones will be speaking about his historic Orbiter 3 balloon flight at 11am. He will also sign copies of The Greatest Adventure, the book he co-authored with Bertrand Piccard.
Tickets can be purchased online, at the gate or by calling 0300 123 6789. Visit www.nms.ac.uk.