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Makenzie Wethington broke her pelvis, spine, shoulder, several ribs and a tooth in the fall

Test pilot dies in crash at show

A BRITISH test pilot was killed while performing an aerobatic display to promote a Hawk jet at an air show in Slovakia yesterday. A spectator also died and three others were injured as the plane exploded at the show in Bratislava.

Climb every mountain ...

... but make sure you take out cover for your high-risk holiday, writes Harvey Jones

Balloonists fly over North Pole

Balloonists fly over North Pole

NINE TO FIVE: Lindsay Muir

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Balloonist gives thanks to `invisible hand'

RECORD-BREAKING balloonist Brian Jones yesterday attributed the success of his round-the-world journey to an invisible hand which guided the balloon in its worst moments.

Hopes soar as balloon nears journey's end

TWO PILOTS attempting to be the first to circumnavigate the globe in a balloon were last night on course to break the record for the longest balloon flight.

BALLOONISTS CELEBRATE

BALLOONISTS CELEBRATE

Balloon takes short-cut in record chase

IN AESOP'S fable, the tortoise won the race by plodding on steadily, while the hare rested, thinking he could sprint past his rival. But in a modern race in the skies, the outcome is far less certain.

If only Icarus had known ...

Parachuting is more than just hanging limply in the air while raising money for charity. You can surf the sky and carve fantastic shapes, writes Alister Morgan

Christmas Gifts: How about something a little bit dangerous

From sky diving to astronaut training and rally driving, it's all available, says Sarah Jewell

X-treme: Who's for the high jump?

Although the ancient Chinese are credited with conceiving the idea of parachuting, it was a Frenchman, Andre Jacques Garnerin, who made the first drop, from a gas-filled balloon in 1797. Skydiving has come a long way since then, and individuals wishing to throw themselves out of aircraft currently have a choice of several disciplines.

Travel: With the wind beneath my wings

Is it a bird? Is it a kite? No, it's a man and his flying machine. Eric Kendall goes paragliding

No-hope estates `must be cleared'

BRITAIN HAS thousands of rundown estates where conditions are reaching crisis point, according to a stark report published by the Government today.

Runaway balloon comes to deflated end in Arctic

A ROGUE weather balloon that has been tracked by the air forces of three countries was thought to have come down in the Arctic Sea last night.

COME RAIN OR SHINE ...

THE DRAB summer has left customers expecting celebratory hot air balloon rides deflated. Record numbers of 3,000ft high rides - which cost more than a pounds 100 each - have been cancelled, meaning delays of two or three months on some bookings.
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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas
La Famille Bélier is being touted as this year's Amelie - so why are many in the deaf community outraged by it?

Deaf community outraged by La Famille Bélier

The new film tells the story of a deaf-mute farming family and is being touted as this year's Amelie
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10 best high-end laptops

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Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

The batsman has grown disillusioned after England’s Ashes debacle and allegations linking him to the Pietersen affair
Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

The Williams driver has had plenty of doubters, but hopes she will be judged by her ability in the cockpit
Adam Gemili interview: 'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

After a year touched by tragedy, Adam Gemili wants to become the sixth Briton to run a sub-10sec 100m
Calls for a military mental health 'quality mark'

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Expert calls for military mental health 'quality mark'
Racton Man: Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman

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Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman
Garden Bridge: St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters

Garden Bridge

St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters
Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament: An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel

Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament

An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel
Joint Enterprise: The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice

Joint Enterprise

The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice
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Freud and Eros

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