• Short Summary

    An old fashioned hydrogen filled balloon races against a modern hot air balloon.

  • Description

    Heveningham Hall, Halesworth, Suffolk.

    An old fashioned gas balloon is filled with hydrogen. Crowds stand around and watch as the balloon is prepared. Large sand bags are suspended from the balloon.

    A modern hot air balloon is contrasted - much quicker to launch.

    Balloonists check their maps. Today's event is to commemorate the Britain's first ever balloon race which left from Heveningham Hall in 1784. This event is the Duckham's International Balloon Race.

    Three members of the British Balloon and Airship Club are pitting their rotund models against a Frenchman. Over shots of the balloons taking off the narrator gives us a little of the history of ballooning. Shots of spectators both on the ground and from the balloon itself. Shot of the round old fashioned balloon rising in the sky.

    Cuts exist - see other record.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    463.03
    Media URN:
    4503
    Group:
    Colour pictorials
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    03/10/1968
    Sound:
    sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:04:12:00 / 01:06:57:00
    Canister:
    CP 719

Comments (1)

  1. jamied says

    The first balloon seen, with the Reg. No. G-ATXR, is a "Spherical Free Balloon". It was manufactured by the RAF Abingdon Free Balloon Club in 1941.

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