Aviation Photo #1299067 Colt 2500A - Virgin Atlantic Airways

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'Virgin Atlantic Flyer' was successfully flown by Per Lindstrand & Richard Branson from the USA to the UK in July 1987. Launched from Carrbassett, ME and briefly touched down in Limavady, Northern Ireland before ditching into the Irish Sea. The flight set a world-record for hot-air balloon flight, at 4,486.5km. The record was superseded in 1991, again by Branson & Lindstrand (with G-OWWF) at 7,671.91 km. The gondola of G-USUK, recovered from the Irish Sea, is now preserved at IWM Duxford.
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