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Château-d´Oex was the launch place for the first nonstop flight around the world by balloon in March, 1999. It was piloted by Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones. Probably Château-d´Oex was chosen because it is the location of annual International Hot-Air Balloon Festival in January. There are many photos of the festival in TE gallery of Château-d´Oex.

Piccard and Jones succeeded on their third attempt. The gondola presented here is from the second attempt. Gondola of the successful third attempt is in Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum, Dulles Airport outside Washington D.C.

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Additional Photos by Kari Tanskanen (ktanska) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4358 W: 62 N: 7469] (42552)
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