Panther On The Prowl In Italy
For the first event of 2019, our special shape Panther arrived in northern Italy for the Mongolfiere di Mondovi event over the weekend, celebrating the Epiphany.
This was the Panthers first international trip and saw him make history as the first balloon to have permission to launch from the famous Piazza in the centre of Mondovi. To end this amazing flight, the pilot, our Operations Director Andrew Holly, then expertly and safely landed the balloon back in the small Piazza, only a few feet from where he had taken off, much to the delight of the crowds.
Team Panther finished 4th overall and Andrew’s Piazza flight attracted a lot of newspaper and social media headlines. So much so that The Mayor of Mondovi presented Andrew with a framed lithograph from a local artist in recognition of the achievement.