Stroud & Swindon Hot Air Balloons
The Society has two hot air balloons, one a conventional balloon and the other specially shaped in the form of a house.
The conventional shaped balloon is being used for educational purposes and in 2008 has visited well over 20 primary schools in the South West. Pupils receive a 30 minute talk about the theory of aviation and how a balloon works. The balloon is then inflated on the school playing field and children get to see this at close hand often partaking in the fun.
The special shaped balloon made its debut at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta. It is one of the largest special shaped balloons in the UK. It stands over 20 metres high, has a cubic capacity of 105,000 cubic feet (3,000 m3), weighs 320 kg and its perimeter is 52 metres.
Both balloons also feature in promotional events, country shows and balloon fiestas