Breitling Orbiter, Château d’Oex, Switzerland

The first Breitling Orbiter balloon, outside the Musée de l’Espace Ballon in the centre of Château d’Oex and just a few steps away from the official take-off site.

The museum takes visitors on a journey through the history of lighter-than-air flight, from Icar to Piccard.

The Breitling Orbiter 3 was the first balloon to fly non-stop around the world. Pilots Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones took off from Château d’Oex at 0805 on 1 March 1999 on their historic flight. They landed 19 days, 21 hours and 55 minutes later in Egypt on 21 March. Continue reading “Breitling Orbiter, Château d’Oex, Switzerland”