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Hot air balloons hoping to take flight at annual festival

Thousands of people are expected to head to Northamptonshire this weekend for the 26th annual Balloon Festival. It's the 2nd largest event of its kind in the UK and attracts about 250 balloonists from across the country.

Filling up: The balloons are filled with nearly a tonne of hot air Credit: Sarah Cooper

"We use the burners to burn propane, we get the air in here up to 105 degrees, there's 105,000 cubic feet of air."

– John Tyrrell, Flight Director, Northampton Balloon Festival
John has had this balloon for about 5 years & has flown it all over Europe Credit: Sarah Cooper

Key facts about this year's Balloon Festival:

  • 26th year of the event
  • More than 40 balloons
  • 250 balloonists from across the country
  • UK's 2nd largest balloon event
  • Maximum speed of 15mph
  • Up to 4,000 ft
It takes about half an hour to prepare the balloons for a flight Credit: Sarah Cooper
1 tonne
Weight of hot air inside each balloon
Balloons in flight over Billing Aquadrome Credit: Sarah Cooper

Festival organisers will be hoping for low winds and stable conditions, with no rain. You can keep up to date with the latest flight information here.

Conditions like this would be ideal for flying this weekend Credit: Sarah Cooper

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