The first hot air balloon was invented more than 200 years ago in 1783, when a sheep, a duck and a rooster were launched into the air by French scientist, Pilatre De Rozier.  While the balloon successfully flew, unfortunately it also crashed to the ground after 15 a mere minutes. 

Thankfully, hot air balloon technology has come on since then, and our flight across the Somerset Levels was much smoother - so smooth in fact that I initially hadn't noticed that the basket had floated several feet off the ground. 

Flying in the capable hands of Virgin Balloon pilot, Piers Glydon, we drifted past Glastonbury Tor and enjoyed sweeping views of the Somerset Levels. To avoid disturbing wildlife and livestock a quieter 'whisper burner' is used when passing over fields with animals. 

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