Flight Report: G-ODAD ~ Getting May Off To A Flying Start

Unfortunately, a few weeks or was it months ago somebody decided that most of England were now in drought conditions due to a very dry winter and so enforced a large scale hosepipe ban. The mere mention of drought and hosepipe bans, of course, guarantees the start of weeks of rain and unsettled weather and once again, this proved true.

With weeks of endless heavy rain, the chance to go flying has been virtually non-existent; however, a brief ridge of high pressure covered the UK bringing with it the opportunity for a couple of flights and so I grabbed them.

A hot air balloon envelope, being made of fabric needs a regular airing. Just like a tent, they don’t store for extended periods well and with my father’s balloon, G-ODAD, having not been flown or inflated since October last year a decision was made to once again fly father and son on a pleasure flight over the South Oxfordshire countryside.

Launching from The Dog House pub at Frilford Heath, alongside two other balloons and in front of a large audience of members of the public enjoying the pub’s hospitality on a sunny evening, we flew south passing Didcot Power Station, the Diamond Light Source facility at Harwell before heading out over the West Berkshire Countryside.

Due to the large amount of maturing crops being grown in the area landing sites are beginning to reduce and so, we ended up flying for 2 hours, covering 20 miles, landing south of the M4 motorway at Cold Ash Рin a lovely grass field belonging to a farmer my father actually flew a couple of years ago!

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Photographs © Sandy Mitchell & Chris Dobson

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