Hot-air balloon legend 熱氣球飛行家的故事


Hot-air balloon legend 熱氣球飛行家的故事


有關 「hot-air balloons(熱氣球)」 的詞彙


What were Don Cameron and his group the first to do?


Don Cameron, Founder, Cameron Balloons
唐‧卡梅倫          卡梅倫氣球(Cameron Balloons)創辦者

It has a kind of a magical, gravity-defying feeling about it. You can fly much more low [much lower] – near the ground. And you can even talk to people on the ground, and you’re going slow enough to appreciate what is floating past you.


I’m Don Cameron, and we’re in the balloon factory here in Bristol – Cameron Balloons.


We do special-shaped balloons, and we can make almost any shape. Animals are most fun I suppose. We built all sorts of animals – dinosaurs and squirrels, almost everything.


It was a group of us from the gliding club who decided to build our own balloon. And we built the first modern hot-air balloon this side of the Atlantic. It was called the Bristol Belle. We started work in 1966 and didn’t finish it until the summer of 1967.

我們滑翔俱樂部裡的一群人決定自己做一個熱氣球。我們製作了歐洲的第一個現代熱氣球。它被稱為「布里斯托爾貝萊(Bristol Belle)」。我們從1966年開始製作它,直到1967年夏天才結束。

Building balloons over the years hasn’t changed a great deal. It’s still done with sewing machines. It’s still done with a light fabric.


Here you see people packing a balloon into a bag. They’re having to work quite hard to get it in there. Now, that looks like a big one – it’s quite heavy.


Anything that has a bit of bulk to it, a bit of shape, a bit of volume, we wouldn’t admit defeat on.


It’s totally different from being in an aeroplane. Flying a hot-air balloon is a kind of magical experience, but it’s hard to explain. You really have to try it.



gravity-defying 失重的

floating 漂浮的,浮動的

gliding 滑翔

volume 體積


They built the first modern air balloon this side of the Atlantic (Europe).