Mark Lockwood, former creative director for Virgin Airship & Balloon Company, explains what life was like as a special shape hot air balloon pilot 25 years ago. We hope you enjoy this fascinating article which gives an insight into the glory days of UK Ballooning, crewing on shapes such as Action Man and Sonic the Hedgehog which now reside in our collection! Images are kindly supplied and scanned in by Dan at Ballooning Pictures UK. Over to you, Mark...
Welcome back to part 2 of our hot air ballooning journey so far. Learn about how we’ve come to look after each special shape one by one, helping to bring the magic back to UK ballooning. How my childhood dream as a 10 year old is now reality in 2023…
Discover how MJ Ballooning started, building our brand through the years, and how we acquired some of the most iconic UK special shape hot air balloons. How my childhood dream as a 10 year old is now reality in 2023…
From a factory in Bristol in 1997, this superhero is coming home…
The Cameron Parachutist-110 G-CGIS is without doubt one of the greatest special shapes ever built, operated by Virgin Airship & Balloon Co on the commercial circuit for 3 years.
Big news! Special shape no. 8 incoming… reveal tonight!
On a secret mission in foreign lands, he has been a hedgehog in hiding for many years, saving the world and being a cool spiny spy!
After so long he’s come home to this years Bristol International Balloon Fiesta…
The bank holiday weekend at the end of May had come around again, and it could only mean one thing... Bath Balloon Meet weekend! A series of local flyouts around Bath were planned from Friday 26th to Monday 29th and following a successful 2022 launch in our Joycam Lips special shape, this year we decided to go even bigger...
We are delighted to announce the latest addition to our special shape fleet, Snow White! Built by Cameron Balloons in 1993, she stands an incredible 47 metres tall and has recently been shipped over from Germany. Did anyone guess correctly!?
BBC One's famous globe hot air balloon is set to return to the UK ballooning circuit after 20 years in storage.
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