Brian Jones (aeronaut)
Brian Jones, along with Bertrand Piccard, co-piloted the first successful uninterrupted circumnavigation of the world on board the balloon Breitling Orbiter 3. They set off on 1 March 1999 from Château d'Oex in Switzerland and landed in Egypt after a 45,755 kilometre flight lasting 19 days, 21 hours and 47 minutes.
Still active in ballooning records, In November 2010 Jones piloted the Esprit Breitling Orbiter as a launch platform for Yves Rossy. Rossy made the first successful attempt to perform loops using a jet-powered flying-wing backpack.
Jones grew up in Knowle, Bristol. He served for 13 years in the Royal Air Force. He is married to Joanna, a balloonist, and has two children. He co-authored the book The Greatest Adventure ISBN 978-0747264439 with Bertrand Piccard.
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- "Jetman". Sport Aviation. March 2011.
- "Bristol Balloon Fiesta round-up". This is Bristol. Northcliffe Media. 10 August 2009. Archived from the original on 3 November 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
- "Why Brian Jones?". New York Times. 21 March 1999. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
- Milestones of Flight: Breitling Orbiter 3 Balloon Gondola Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Retrieved 29 May 2010
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