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Magical, breathtaking experience
Virgin Balloon Flights
Author Name: Jan
Virgin Balloon Flights
Advantages: Stunning Views of Lakes
Words cannot descirbe the truely magical experience of a flight in the Lake District. I was brought the ticket by my children and couldn't wait to start booking my flight.
I was starting to feel I would never get my flight as you have to book about 6 weeks in advance, and you are cancelled due to weather (I had quite a few).
On the day of my flight we met up with the pilot and crew at the launch site, feeling a little nervous as I have never been a fan of heights. The pilot Phil ran through the safety briefing with all the passengers and explained what to expect on the flight and answered any question people had.
We then assisted the crew with laying the balloon out and helped with the inflation, it seemed to take no time at all and it was great to be able to get involved with this process.
Once we were all loaded we launched and floated away for what can only be described as the best hour of my life. The views were absolutely breathtaking and I was so surprised how gently we drifted up to 5,000 feet giving a fantastic aerial view of Ullswater which was so picturesque.
Phil was a fantastic tour guide, he knew all the Lakes and fells like the back of his hand and was more than happy to answer questions throughout the flight.
The landing was just a slight bump not what i had expected at all.
Once we helped pack the balloon away (which took about half an hour) the crew served us our Champagne and we were presented with certificates.
It was a truely memorable day, although I had been cancelled several times it was so worth the wait.
Thanks again to Phil and his crew who were so friendly and helpful thrpughout.
Summary: Well worth the wait cant wait to fly again
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