Exclusive Ballooning were thrilled to announce yet another special shape hot air balloon and this time is was for Ricoh Europe - the 'Imagine. Change' balloon.
The square balloon is 105,000 cubic feet in volume and has a smaller square on one corner replicating the Ricoh branding.
The balloon enjoyed its' maiden flight in September 2012 from the Royal Victoria Park in the centre of the beautiful city of Bath. The balloon was built by Cameron Balloons in Bristol, UK and will tour the world visiting hot air balloon festivals, corporate events as well as supporting Ricoh's many events.
Launching into action, Ricoh's new "imagine change" hot air balloon was officially launched at the Ricoh Women's British Open, held at the Royal Liverpool Golf Course, Hoylake in the Wirral.
The venue proved to be a spectacular location for the launch of the balloon, also proving popular with the golfers and spectators alike, who passed the balloon daily as they made their way into the event. The event was covered by BBC2 as well as receiving lots of press attention.
Next stop was the O2 Arena, London ahead of the 2012 ATP World Tour Tennis Finals.
The balloon was stationed next to the O2 arena throughout the event and was visible from Canary Wharf!
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Moving into 2013, the huge Ricoh imagine.change hot air balloon was at the start gate of the London Marathon.
Perfectly placed for BBC coverage, the balloon took pride of place on a perfect spring day for the event. Ricoh were one of the sponsors of the event and the imagine.change balloon was the only special shape on view.
Arriving at Cardiff Castle over the May bank holiday weekend, the special shape cube welcomed VIP guests for the Cardiff City Champions Parade.
Having sealed the Championship title the weekend before, the Cardiff City team and newly acquired trophy were afforded an open bus top parade, which began at the Castle and proceeded through to Cardiff Bay.
With no time to rest, the balloon headed straight for Ricoh Arena in Coventry.
Tethering on the pitch inside the arena, the balloon greeted Ricoh employees and their families at one of the company's family event days.
Travelling South, the Ricoh hot air balloon took part in the Tiverton Hot Air Balloon Fiesta.
Ricoh become the first and only special shape to tether at the very popular night glow and also tethered alone in the arena on Saturday afternoon for the crowds and TV.
With summer now in full swing, the giant Ricoh imagine.change hot air balloon touched down at the Royal International Air Tattoo!
The special shape balloon was tethered throughout each day for the 130,000 spectators at the sold out event and later stole the show by taking flight as evening approached and the Air Tattoo display came to a finish.
The Ricoh Women's British Open 2013 teed off at The Old Course in St Andrews and there to support the players and greet the many visitors was the giant Ricoh cube, which is tethering on the beach and overlooking the course.
The Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2013 opened its gates in August with thousands of visitors passing through the Ashton Court Estate to see this year's balloons.
The Ricoh imagine.change cube has become a familiar site recently, attending many high profile balloon events and it received a great reception at its first Fiesta.
After a quick stop, G-RCOH and an extremely successful Bristol Balloon Fiesta, the imagine.change balloon arrived at the Billing Aquadrome for the Northampton Balloon Festival.
The giant special shape cube flew through the skies throughout the weekend alongside 30 other balloons and up to 10,000 people arrived on site to enjoy the Night Glow on Saturday evening.
Straight onto Chatsworth Country Fair to welcome the crowds in the beautiful grounds of Chatsworth Estate.
Having rested over the winter, the Ricoh imagine.change special shape cube hot air balloon kicked off 2014 at the Cheltenham Festival in March.
This week is one of the highlights in the sporting calendar with the festival attracting up to 200,000 people each year.
Returning to the start line of the London Marathon, the Ricoh imagine.change hot air balloon once again stood tall amoung the huge crowds.
The sun was shining and the huge Ricoh balloon took pride of place, as 40,000 runners began their race.
Days later, the Ricoh imagine.change special shape hot air balloon saw the sunrise from 1500ft.
Launching from Bath before dawn, the flight lasted for over 3 hours, reaching the fringe of Heathrow airspace and flying along the M4 delighting commuting traffic and keen social media fans!
The huge red cube eventually landed in the area of Henley-on Thames just before 9am.
Returning for the May bank holiday, the imagine.change hot air balloon once again appeared at Ricoh Arena for their Family Fun Day.
For the first time, the Ricoh imagine.change hot air balloon attended The Royal Bath & West Show.
The giant cube tethered next to the Showground as visitors arrived and departed the show and then overflew the grounds in the morning and evening, attracting much attention.
The annual agricultural show attracts over 155,000 people each year and celebrated its 150th year in 2013.
Once again travelling the UK, the Ricoh cube arrived at Manchester airport and was tethering on the runway viewing area for the Manchester Aviation and Transport Fair.
The giant imagine. change. special shape was tethered next to the famous concorde hanger and was visible to all of the passengers landing at the airport over the weekend.
Up to 10,000 people visited the event each day and over 100,000 passengers landed on different flights, all welcomed by the red Ricoh cube.
The Ricoh Women's British Open was hosted at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport this year and the imagine.change cube was once again there to show support.
Overlooking the course and the main car parks, the giant red cube will be tethering everyday for the crowds and TV cameras.
It was that time of year and Ricoh returned to the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, to the delight of the crowds.
Taking centre stage in the special shapes rodeo and hosting Good Morning Britain on the Friday, the special shape drew much attention and this year participated in the Saturday night glow which saw over half a million people attend.
Continuing is tour of UK events and arriving in Northampton this weekend for the 25th Northampton Balloon Festival.
The balloon once again was attracting much press attention, with ITV presenter Olivia Peterson tweeting pictures of balloon!
For the first time, the Ricoh imagine. change. hot air balloon attended Car Fest in support of Children In Need.
Flying over the camp sites and main festival site on both Saturday and Sunday, the giant cube attracted much attention and was the only special shape to take part in the event.
Attending Chatsworth Country Fair and tethering for the crowds, with a backdrop of the famous Chatsworth House, the giant cube was a sight to see!
To celebrate Exclusive Ballooning's 15th Birthday, a charity Night Glow was organised in Tavistock and Ricoh took centre stage as the only special shape in attendance. Up to 2000 people attended the glow, which raised a generous amount for local charities.
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