62nd Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett

Courtesy of AI Air Sports Channel

The twenty gas balloons competing in the 62nd Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett rose into the skies above Bern, Switzerland on 28 September 2018.

The Poland 2 team flew their gas balloon 1145.29km finally touching down in Poland and achieving the furthest distance from take-off and winning the competition.

1st: Mateusz Rekas / Jacek Bogdanski (POL)

2nd: Andy Cayton / Bill Smith (USA)

3rd: Matthias Zenge / Benjamin Eimers (GER)

The Poland 2 crew – Mateusz Rekas and Jacek Bogadanski, both regulars in the legendary balloon race – combined years of flying experience to use the weather systems to take a course across Germany and into their home nation, flying for 2 days and 10 hours in total. It was a thrilling race, with the meteorological conditions offering three different options to the teams’ navigators, with the balloons dispersing across Europe.

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