The Balloon Book

A limited-edition reprint of the ‘Walter Powell MP The Balloonist’ written by Portia Hobbs, will be available to purchase shortly.

Walter Powell MP

1842 – 1881

In December 1881 Walter Powell flew his balloon, Saladin, with two friends to take some meteorological observations. They found themselves being blown out to sea and had to make a rapid descent near Chesil Beach. They landed heavily and his two passengers and some ballast were thrown out; one of them breaking his leg. Powell stayed in the basket but the balloon, now much lighter, took off once more. Water Powell was last seen waving to his companions as the balloon disappeared out to sea. He was never seen again.

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The balloonist