This afternoon we launched this balloon flight from Clarkes garage camp site in the village of Newborough located adjacent to the busy city of Peterborough. It was a perfect day with a light wind and good visibility. We were aloft at 5.00 p.m. and climbed up to 3,500 feet. Peterborough was in good view as was Rutland water and the busy market town of Stamford. At height we started a gentle drift towards Thorney and descended to 500 feet so all the family members who were following our retrieve crew could take some quality photos as we passed over them. At low level the wind was almost calm, so we ascended to 5,000 feet to regain some speed. At this altitude we were now travelling at 12 M.P.H. this rewarded us with panoramic views of the East Anglian landscape. Once clear of Thorney we started our decent and landed very gently in a stubble field south of Thorney Toll. We were soon to be greeted by the passengers family which included some very excited children who were soon helping our ground crew packing up the balloon. The autumn sunset was stunning, another wonderful end to the day.
Dear Robert and Alan,
I had to write to thank you for providing my husband with such a brilliant birthday present. allowing us to follow really made the whole afternoon a treat. The children are still talking about it and of course want to fly, however I think I will have to save that until they are a bit older.