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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

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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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