Goodyear Blimp ‘Santa Claus Express’ Comes to Town for Toys for Tots

toys-for-tots-blimpSource: Goodyear Tire and Rubber – prnewswire.com

– Goodyear, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve team up to host 6th annual Toys for Tots events

– Toy drive events to be held in Ohio, California and Florida

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Russian balloonist Fedor Konyukhov awarded FAI – Breitling Pilot of the Year 2016 Award

01Source: Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) – fai.org

A Russian priest who circumnavigated the world in a balloon in record time has been presented the inaugural FAI – Breitling Pilot of the Year Award at a ceremony in Switzerland.

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Lockheed’s Hybrid Airship Gets Launch Customer in Canada

lmh-1-sqSource: Fortune – fortune.com

They can move 20 tons of cargo and land on nearly any flat surface—including sand, snow and water.

The operator of Lockheed Martin’s blimp-like hybrid airships on Wednesday announced its first customer, a Canadian mining company that expects to lease seven of the heavy-lift cargo aircraft for a decade starting in 2019.

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And the 2016 World Hot Air Balloon Champion is…

podiumSource: Fédération Aéronautique Internationale  (FAI) – fai.org

After ten days of competition at the 22nd FAI World Hot Air Balloon Championship in Saga, Japan, Rhett Heartsill bested 104 of the world’s best competitors from 31 countries. The competition included nine flights and 31 tasks.

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World’s Biggest Ever Hot Air Balloon to be Built in Bristol

konyukhov-in-gondolaSource: The Bristol Post – bristolpost.co.uk

The world’s biggest ever hot air balloon is to be built in Bristol.

Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov is teaming up with the Bedminster based Cameron Balloons to launch the ambitious project.

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