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

JAMBO

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 […]

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for 2015

Xmas graphic

Come and see us at the Icicle Meet at the  Elcot, near Newbury.

The Auction of Promises

Stephens & George

Robin Batchelor, our intrepid adventurer, and the President of the BBM&L will be the Auctioneer for the following items in the Auction of Promises. This is held after our amazing speaker has enthralled us and after what looks like being a splendid lunch. Auction of Promises See how a radio show is recorded and take […]

Martin Harris, the most famous Meteorologist for Balloons and Airships in the World, is the Speaker on October 26th

Martin Harris on RTW work in Feb 1998 300dpi

The British Balloon Museum & Library are holding their Annual General Meeting on 26th October at 11.00 at the Mercure Newbury Elcot Hotel (The Elcot), near Newbury, Berkshire, followed by a scrumptious three course meal.. The Museum is extremely honoured that Martin Harris has agreed to be the post-prandial speaker and tell us a few tales […]