Don’t forget the 2015 BBM&L Luncheon

Greg Winker

The luncheon is again at the Mercure Newbury Elcot Park Hotel, near Newbury Berkshire UK. This hotel is well known to most balloonists as the base for many Icicle Meets over the years. Of course it is also well known to Friends of the BBM&L as we have been holding our luncheons there for twelve […]

The First Hot-Air Balloon 1783


232 years ago, on June 4th, 1783, Etienne and Joseph Montgolfier demonstrated the first balloon heated by hot air to the nobles of Annonay in south of France. The Montgolfier family ran a large paper factory and had 16 children and they all worked there. Joseph was the 12th Child and Etienne was the 15th. […]

Anthony Smith’s Memorial Service


Thursday 18th June at 11.30 am at St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, London, EC4Y 8AU Afterwards there will be a Wake to celebrate Anthony’s life and raise a glass to an amazing man. Anthony’s son Adam looks forward to welcoming all who remembered his Father. How to get there? St Bride’s Church is located just […]

48 Years ago today was the 1st flight in a gas balloon across the Channel with 5 passengers


1967 4th February, on a beautiful calm and sunny day, Malcolm Brighton piloted the 1st balloon to cross the English Channel carrying 5 people.  JAMBO, a gas balloon was flown from Rye in Sussex to Berck Plage in France. JAMBO was better known as the gas balloon flown in Africa by Anthony Smith, and this […]

222 years ago, Jean Pierre Blanchard made the 1st balloon flight in America

American 1st flight

222 years ago  was the 1st balloon flight in the USA. 9th January 1793 Jean Pierre Blanchard decided to set out for America aboard the ship Ceres on September 30, 1792. He arrived in Philadelphia on December 9. He was received by President George Washington and Pennsylvania Governor General Thomas Mifflin. Blanchard had already made […]