Alf Erickson's World of Balloons
The Corkscrew-Balloon Fleet at Chateau d'Oex, Switzerland
- In October 1995, my first balloon soared through the French skies.
- In January 1996, we flew a series of missions at Chateau d'Oex, Switzerland.
- In June and July 1996, we went to Italy and France.
- In August 1996, it was Prague and Switzerland.
- In October 1996, it was France again, this time with the new balloon.
- In January 1997, we returned to Chateau d'Oex for the annual event. This time we took both balloons.
- In May 1997, we took Balloon I to Ireland and had several lovely flights over the Emerald Isle.
- In July 1997, we went back to France and the charms of the Loire.
- In August and September 1997, we went on a month-long trip to Bern, Prague, Salzburg and Burgundy.
- In October 1997, I returned to Burgundy with my daughters Annie and Lisa.
- In January 1998, the 20th Annual Swiss Alpine Balloon Festival took place at Chateau d'Oex. Again, I brought both of my balloons.
- In May 1998, I returned to Burgundy with Annie and her sons.
- In June/July 1998, I was back in Siena, Italy for ballooning and the Palio.
- In August 1998, we were in and around Prague.
- In September 1998, we moved on to Austria.
- In January 1999, I had two balloons at the Chateau d'Oex festival.
- In June, 1999, my balloons flew in the Burgundy and Loire regions of France.
- In August 1999, there was another Palio in Siena ... and more ballooning.
- In August 1999, after the Palio, I ballooned in France once again.
- In January 2000, three Corkscrew Balloons attended the 22nd Annual Festival in Chateau d'Oex ... although one never left the ground.
- In August 2000, Burgundy was the location for Watcharee's first balloon flights.
- In September 2000, we visited Oslo, Lillehammer, and Stockholm.
- In January 2001, we were at Chateau d'Oex again.
- In May/June 2001, we ballooned over Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland.
- In January 2002: Chateau d'Oex again!
- In May/June 2002: Berlin-Helsinki-St Petersburg!
- Then, later in June 2002, Alf and Watcharee went to Burgundy for more ballooning.