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Hot-air balloons in world record bid to cross the Channel

A world record is set to be confirmed after 50 hot air balloons succeeded in their attempt to fly across the English Channel.

They set off from Lydden Hill race circuit in Kent at about 0700 BST for the flight and arrived in and around Calais within four hours.

Balloonist Ian Sharpe, from Caterham in Surrey, is behind the attempt and said he was "absolutely elated".

  • 07 Apr 2011
  • From the section UK
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