Pictured: Chubb’s fire extinguisher balloon on a recent test flight over the Somerset countryside, in readiness for the forthcoming events.
Celebrating 200 years of service
Chubb's distinctive, extinguisher-shaped hot air balloon will be taking to the skies this summer, appearing at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta on Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th August. Chubb is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
This year is the 40th anniversary of the event, featuring over 130 hot air balloons from across the world. The iconic Chubb balloon will return as part of Chubb’s 200th anniversary celebrations and to raise awareness of fire safety.
Phil Hooper, balloon pilot, who grew up in Bristol and has flown hot air balloons all over the world, will be flying the balloon at this year’s fiesta: “It’s a dream come true. Having grown up in the area, I’ve been coming to the fiesta for many years and the balloons immediately caught my imagination.”
“The Chubb balloon is iconic in its shape and instantly recognisable, and the fact that the original basket and burner are still in place makes it extra special. To be able to say that I am piloting the balloon for Chubb’s 200th anniversary is a great honour.”
Chubb’s fire extinguisher balloon will also fly, weather permitting, in both the morning and evening from the main arena at the Headcorn Aerodrome Airshow in Kent on Saturday 18th August. In addition, the balloon will make its final appearance of the year at the Chatsworth Country Fair, one of England’s most spectacular outdoor events, which takes place on Friday 31st August to Sunday 2nd September.