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.
LV Hot-air balloon being filled on deck of Ark Royal
CU Balloon crew member helping fill balloon
LV Balloon filling( 2 shots)
SV Two crew members prepare
LV Balloon ready for lift-off
SV "Demonstrators" with placards -- "Malta or bust"
LV Balloon takes off, Ark Royal's crew watch. (Malta skyline in b/g)
AERIAL VIEW Balloon over sea and coast
AERIAL VIEW Balloon over Malta
SV Man watches from helicopter
AERIAL VIEW Balloon collapsed on ground
SV People gather around balloon
SCU Naval personnel open champagne
SV and CU crew-members and party drink champagne. (3 shots)
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Background: 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.