Chair of BFSA (London District)  Paul Basson on a Ballooning adventure flying the “National BFSA Flag” at Europe’s Biggest Balloon Festival (MAB17) at Chambely Aerodrome, Metz, France. 21st to 30th July 2017.

Paul Basson acting as Crew Chief for G-BOWB, with Captain Richard Benham, crew members Ian Smith and John “Top Banana” Connell .

Travelling from Derbyshire to Dover pm on 20th…Early Ferry to France…. arrived at Chambely around 14.00hrs on 21st July…..Signed in, made camp and prepared to fly after the pilot’s briefing at 18.00hrs… then was Green for Go!

….last checks complete…. John said “Well off you go then!!” Ian and Richard took off with 379 other balloons !!

“2nd Flight for G-BOWB”

Pilots Briefing 06:15hrs on 22nd July again Weather Conditions changing by the minute……

Captains Call!!! 07.30hrs Green for Go! John and Richard with Over 250 balloons took to the sky’s.

With a weather front chasing…..and the Retrieval crew following….a very wet and muddy recovery was awaiting the team…….and a long morning cleaning and drying the kit……