Festival International de Ballons 2012, Switzerland

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Festival International de Ballons à Château-d’Oex, Switzerland

The official Chateau d’Oex balloon landing

The 34th Festival International de Ballons took place in Château d’Oex, Switzerland between 21 and 29 January 2012.

The festival is one of the greatest gatherings in the world of fans and flyers of the most graceful form of flight imaginable. Continue reading “Festival International de Ballons à Château-d’Oex, Switzerland”

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”