21st of August 2005.
Balloon Hopper in Ashton Court
Photos of a Balloon Hopper or Cloudhopper in Ashton Court. Fun to watch and from the pilots grin fun to fly too.
Its still the hot air ballooning season in Bristol only a week since the Balloon Fiesta.
Basically a balloon hopper is a lightweight balloon without a basket, you sit beside the burner. If the landing is gentle enough you can land it on your feet!
In theory I have read you need no crew to fly it. Simply inflate the balloon, take off, fly, land, pack up and call a taxi to get back. In practise ....
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