Archives for October 2009

The 2009 BBM&L Luncheon

This year’s BBM&L luncheon was an outstanding success. Not only did we have a brilliant speaker, Dr Janet Folkes, who relived the Gordon Bennett flight of GBR2 with herself and Dr Ann Rich, but very generous items for the auction, and more attendees than we have seen for a number of years. We know that […]

53rd Gordon Bennett Race 2009

The Doctors did it. Dr Janet Folkes and Dr Ann Rich broke two records and landed in sixth place in the 2009 Gordon Bennett Race which was launched from Geneva. The France I team won the “53e Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett”, after 4 days flying, landing near the airport of Lagos, in the extreme south-west […]

The BBM&L nightglow at Althorp

The BBM&L had a high presence at English Heritage’s Festival of History at Kelmarsh in July. During the event, Martyn Turner was approached and asked if the museum could provide two tethered balloons for a ‘Celebration of Northamptonshire’ at Althorp, home of the Spencer family. A dinner for 400 was being held at Althorp with […]

53rd Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett Gas balloon race

At 12:00 today the 53rd Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett, the famous international FAI aeronautical gas balloon race named after the US Media tycoon James Gordon Bennett, came to a fantastic close with the final landing of the 16th competitor in Portelas / Portugal, barely 20 km from the most western tip of the European Continent, […]