Gas balloons are the ultimate challenge for balloonists.
They fly farther than hot-air balloons, exposing pilots to all the peculiarities of the weather over a four day period . This extreme ballooning pushes fliers’ skills and stamina to the limits.
Dating back over 100 years, the Gordon Bennett 2012 race is the premier gas balloon distance race, and attracts some of the most experienced and distinguished pilots from around the world. This legendary race is often compared to the America’s Cup Yacht Race for the endurance necessary to compete and win. While the mission of the race is simple, executing the mission is anything but easy. The winning team is the one that flies the furthest distance from the launch site.
Physical resistance, mental strength, strong moral and incredible knowledge of winds and weather are the keys to taking home the cup.
In 2008 David, along with co-pilot Jon Mason, became the first British team to win the race since its inception in 1906. Read David’s account of this historical flight and watch the video of David and Jon's epic flight to victory