The first ever attempt to perform a knife-edge manoeuvre between the tethered Anana and Taittinger hot-air balloons will take place on 10th October subject to weather conditions at Gloucestershire Airport.
The Anana Pitt Special biplane has been specially modified, enhancing its capabilities to allow ex-RAF Tornado and successful stunt pilot, Rich Goodwin to perform unique and extraordinary aerobatics.
Anana bought their hot air balloon back in 2013 which is operated by Bailey Balloons. It hadits maiden flight high above the snow-capped Swiss Alps.
Both intent on pushing boundaries in the world of engineering in both hardware and software, Anana and Rich also have a shared passion reaching new heights in the aviation world.
This amazing feat will be achieved by Rich putting his Pitts Special aircraft, his ‘muscle biplane’ into a knife-edge manoeuvre where the plane tips to a right angle position with the wing tips flying parallel to the ground and flying between the two tethered balloons.
The balloons will then take off and Rich will attempt to fly between them, in a knife edge position, and cut a ribbon stretched between the two balloons.
He will then perform aerobatic loops in close proximity around the Anana balloon, looping around the side, on the plane’s edge, and also over the top and underneath the balloon.
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About Bailey Balloons
Bailey Balloons operate balloon rides in Bristol and Bath. It is run by Jo and Clive Bailey whose wealth of experience, untouchable safety record and passion for ballooning has earned them their fantastic reputation.
Bailey Balloons is an award winning company with an impressive collection of awards and recognitions! At the Visit Bath Awards (BATH Hospitality, Events and Tourism Awards) Clive Bailey won the top award of the night for "Outstanding Achievement" along with the silver award for "Small Visitor Attraction of the year" and "Customer Service". They also won the "Access for All" award at the Bristol Tourism and Hospitality Awards and have been given the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Award for the third year in a row.
About Rich Goodwin
Rich is a highly skilled stunt pilot, who performs a high energy gyroscopic display combined with daredevil aerobatic manoeuvres at air shows and events throughout the UK. Rich is an ex RAF Tornado pilot and also currently flies commercial jets. He has carried out many modifications to his plane himself to enable the spectacular manoeuvres that he can perform.
With audience sizes ranging from a few thousand up to 100,000 at each air show, Rich’s display has rapidly become a popular civilian item on the UK’s busy airshow circuit and is looking forward to displaying at an airshow near you!