Up, up and away!


It took a lot of hot air – and a little bit of patience – but 343 hot air balloonists have finally broken the world record for taking off at the same time.

The high-flyers’ mass ascent at the 12th Lorraine World Air Balloon Festival, in Chambley-Bussieres, France, should have taken place on Monday. But bad weather put paid to their plans, meaning they had to postpone their lift-off until yesterday.

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