Cessna 150H G-BRJT landing on runway 22 at Welshpool following heavy rain.
This year's ballooning has begun in earnest as the women ballooners showed that you don't need a propeller to take to the sky. The aviatrixes lined their balloons along the runway each morning before scattering across the valley. The clear blue skies and graceful balloons were a photographer's dream.
The hot air balloons return next weekend with the one-man hoppers.
Photography - Brian Nicholas and Dave Jones
October therefore welcomes an invasion of hot air balloons – courtesy of Gone With The Wind. These gentle giants will arrive in Welshpool in two waves – starting with the Women’s Balloon Event on the weekend of 5-7 October.
This is followed by the One Man Hopper Meet from 12-14 October, where over 30 balloons are expected. One Man Hoppers (or Cloudhoppers) are the latest craze in ballooning where the relative comfort of a picnic basket is replaced by a steel frame and a safety harness. Maybe it won’t be so relaxing after all!