The First Gas Balloon Flight

First Gas Balloon Flight 234 years ago Did you know the first gas balloon made its flight in August 1783. Designed by Jacques Charles and Les Frères Robert, it carried no passengers or cargo. The construction was a bit hurried as news had reached Professor Jacques Charles that the Montgolfier brothers had launched a hot […]

First Balloon 1783

234 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. […]

Festive Greetings and a Happy New Year

The British Balloon Museum & Library would like to wish you a Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year. If you are not a Friend of the Museum already, why not make a New Years Resolution to become one? Just go to the shop section of this website and join up. You get four amazing […]

The Icicle Refrozen Balloon Meet, 7th & 8th January 2017

Icicle Refrozen will take place on the 7th & 8th January 2017 at Donnington Grove Country Club on the North West edge of Newbury, Berkshire.The 3.4.40 Region of the BBAC has again taken on the organization of this iconic event and are delighted to revisit this new venue for both flying and social events. The […]

The BBM&L Luncheon & AGM was a Success

The Great British Balloon Lunchtime The 2016 BBM&L AGM and Annual Luncheon held at the Elcot near Newbury on October 30th was a brilliant success. More people attended the event this year than for the last six years, many travelling hundreds of miles, Wilf Woollett and Rachel, flew in from Ireland for the day! We […]