• Short Summary

    Britain's frontline aircraft carries, HMS Ark Royal, turned back the aviation clock on Sunday (29 November), when a hot air balloon carrying two men flew from the ship to Malta.

  • Description

    Britain's frontline aircraft carries, HMS Ark Royal, turned back the aviation clock on Sunday (29 November), when a hot air balloon carrying two men flew from the ship to Malta.

    The balloon was the 70-feet high (22 metre) "Bristol Belle". After weather men had checked that the wind was in the right direction the propane burner, which filled the balloon with hot-air, was lit.

    Pilot and owner of the Bristol Belle was Lieutenant Terry Adams with Lieutenant Howard Draper on board as passenger. Aviators from the Ark Royal helped in the launch and even staged a friendly demonstration waving placards proclaiming "Ban Ballooning," and "Malta or Bust."
    Also on board the balloon was a special consignment of commemorative first-day stamps to mark the first-ever visit to Malta by a hot-air balloon.

    It's also the first-ever flight from an aircraft carrier by a hot-air balloon -- and certainly a change from the Hunter and Gannet aircraft the pilot and passenger fly for a living.

    After a 30-minute flight the Bristol Belle landed in a field near the village of Grendi. There to greet them were local residents and the crew and locals toasted the success of the flight in champagne.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5QIFFJU5U3HSLJ5X4FUTIWQHG
    Media URN:
    VLVA5QIFFJU5U3HSLJ5X4FUTIWQHG
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/12/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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