A stunt pilot is claiming a world first after flying his biplane with wingtips just feet from the ground between two closely tethered hot air balloons at Gloucester Airport.
Rich Goodwin used the wingtips of his Pitts Special plane to cut a ribbon tied between the two balloons in a so-called 'knife edge' manoeuvre never attempted before. He then carried out the same trick again, this time at between 1,000 and 2,000 feet with the balloons flying free.
The stunt was dreamt up and designed by technology company Anana, as a thrilling finale to their latest successful season of aerial and daredevil events and displays. Anana bought their hot air balloon in 2013. It is operated by Bailey Balloons.