In Pictures: Up, up and away as Balloon Fiesta lifts off

In Pictures: Up, up and away as Balloon Fiesta lifts off

Dozens of colourful hot air balloons of all shapes and sizes have lifted off in the first ever Thursday mass ascent at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.

Crews prepare the balloons for the mass ascent at Ashton Court (Ben Birchall/PA)
Crews prepare the balloons for the mass ascent at Ashton Court (Ben Birchall/PA)

(Ben Birchall/PA)
(Ben Birchall/PA)

A balloon crew wait for the green light to take off and fly in the first ever Thursday mass ascent (Ben Birchall/PA)
A balloon crew wait for the green light to take off and fly in the first ever Thursday mass ascent (Ben Birchall/PA)

Crews inflate a balloon canopy (Ben Birchall/PA)
Crews inflate a balloon canopy (Ben Birchall/PA)

A balloon pilot unfurls a canopy at sunrise (Ben Birchall/PA)
A balloon pilot unfurls a canopy at sunrise (Ben Birchall/PA)

A balloon pilot checks the rigging inside a canopy as he prepares for lift-off (Ben Birchall/PA)
A balloon pilot checks the rigging inside a canopy as he prepares for lift-off (Ben Birchall/PA)

(Ben Birchall/PA)
(Ben Birchall/PA)

(Ben Birchall/PA)
(Ben Birchall/PA)

Balloons float over the Clifton Suspension Bridge (Ben Birchall/PA)
Balloons float over the Clifton Suspension Bridge (Ben Birchall/PA)

A tricky landing at Clifton Downs (Ben Birchall/PA)
A tricky landing at Clifton Downs (Ben Birchall/PA)

- Press Association

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