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Balloons. Today in the history: 110 years of the world’s most prestigious race

Lausanne, Switzerland - Won by the US aviator Lieutenant Frank Purdy Lahm

One hundred and ten years ago on 30 September 1906 US aviator Lieutenant Frank Purdy Lahm won the first ever "Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett", a prestigious balloon race that still takes place today. The idea of the race is simple: balloon pilots must take off and fly as far as they can, travelling throughout the day and overnight, before landing safely. They fly in an open wicker basket, and...

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