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Balloons. Swiss pilots reign at Coupe Aéronautique "Gordon Bennett 2016" -VIDEO

Gladbeck, Germany - Swiss champions are first ever gas balloon pilots to land in Greece

Switzerland’s Kurt Frieden and Pascal Witpraechtiger (Team SUI 1) were crowned champions of the "60th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett" –the world’s gas balloon race– at a ceremony in Gladbeck, northwest Germany last Saturday September 24. Team SUI 2 pilots Nicolas Tièche and Laurent Sciboz were presented with the silver medals, while Spain’s Anulfo Gonzalez and Angel Aguirre of Team ESP 1 stepped up to claim bronze. There was rapturous applause as the winning Swiss pilots accepted their medals for a triumphant flight that ended just before 10.30am CEST on Wednesday September 21 in Stavros in central Greece. The gas-balloonists, who have won two previous "Gordon Bennett" championships, had covered 1,803.48km in 58.12 hours, on what pilot Frieden described as a “Perfect” flight. The Swiss pilots also made history by landing in Stavros, as they became the first ever gas balloon pilots to land in Greece. The "61st Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett" will be held in Fribourg in Switzerland in September 2017. See for details AVIONEWS. Below, the video from launch to landing: all the action from this year’s edition of the gas-balloon race:

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