||The Reference on Airships
Solo Balloon Models
After Colt Balloons unveiled its Cloudhopper by flying it over the
Thames River in downtown London under the sponsorship of Smirnoff Vodka
in 1979, many other balloon manufacturers jumped on the Solo Balloon
bandwagon. Since the 1970s, there have also been numerous experimental
Solo Balloons ranging from hair raising lawnchair vehicles to
sophisticated, record-setting designs. Please note that I have only
listed the Solo Balloons that are commercially available today.
Thunder & Colt
Cloudhopper is the one that started it all. Today's
improved generation is based on a paragliding harness, which
makes it very comfortable for long duration flights. In addition,
the new steel frame design allows standard propane tanks of all
sizes to be used and interchanged without modification.
Additional information is available on the
Thunder & Colt
website. (Image courtesy of Cameron Balloons US.)
was founded in 1995, Per Lindstrand and his engineers redesigned
the Cloudhopper from ground up. They introduced a new fold-away
seat that greatly improved comfort in flight and upon landing
and also incorporated a scaled down version of the Lindstrand
Jetstream Burner and monobloc valve in its design. Following
Thunder & Colt's lead, Lindstrand converted their Cloudhopper
to a frame design that accepts all tanks from 40 to 80 liters
(10-20 gallons) in late 1999. Additional information is available
Lindstrand Balloons Ltd.
Lindstrand Balloons US
websites. (Image courtesy of Linstrand Balloons US.)
presented its own Sky Hopper soon after the original T&C
Cloudhopper was introduced. Originally featuring a rigid seat
and armrests with incorporated burner controls, today's Cameron
SkyHopper is a rebranded version of the T&C Cloudhopper.
(Thunder & Colt Balloons became a wholly owned subsidiary of
Cameron Balloons Ltd. in 1995.) Additional information is
available on the
Cameron Balloons Ltd.
Cameron Balloons US
websites. (Image courtesy of Cameron Balloons US.)
I believe this is the first time all these Solo Balloons have been
presented on a single web page. Maybe you will be captivated by the idea
of strapping a tank to your back and taking to the air and will purchase
one soon. Maybe you will simply keep dreaming about owning a Cloudhopper.
In any case, I hope that you enjoy the information provided herewith.