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Hot-Air Ballooning
in South East Cornwall

An evening taken up thoroughly pleasurably, chasing Hot Air Balloons across the countryside! Two of our guests, Phil and Chris, had booked a Virgin Balloon flight from nearby St.Ive, near Liskeard and on the southern fringes of Bodmin Moor. The wind was a little finicky, blowing northwest first, and then southwest later - but that seems to be the fun of ballooning, and choosing the best field to launch from, with least urban obstacles in the way! Launching was courtesy of a friendly Rilla Mill farmer, and we were there to watch...

Hot air balloon is laid out...
The balloon is laid out, and air fans used to part inflate it...

Hot air balloon fills...
Slowly the balloon fills...

Burners are ignited to fill balloon with air...
...and the burners are then used to fill the balloon with hot air ...

All ready and all aboard!
All ready, and all aboard!

More power to the burners...
More power to the burners, and ready for lift off...

Looking up into the balloon
Looking up into the balloon...

Balloon lift off
Lift off!

Up, up, and away into the outer beyond!
...and off into the outer beyond, and a wonderful flight - complete with champagne!
(and all we have to do, is try and follow it!!!)

For details of hot air ballooning over South East Cornwall, with Virgin Balloon Flights:
Contact Virgin Balloon Flights at...
Jesson House, Stafford Court, Telford, Shropshire TF3 3BD; Tel. +44 (0)870 420 7300
(for Cornwall Flight Information, Tel. +44 (0)870 607 0241)
...or visit their website at
Virgin Balloon Flights!


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