The basic objective is to promote friendship as a common shared belief and to create long lasting connections between people worldwide
We sincerely hope that the “Friendship Balloon” will be admired and followed throughout the world for the four years whilst being flown by the different pilots that will fly it only once.
The balloon was born with the concept as: - a "Handover Balloon" with the idea that this balloon will be shared among many different pilots who make a record of their flight, when they have made the flight and in what place. It is then “handed over” to the next pilot. This movement of the balloon and hand over data will be recorded in the "flight log" of the balloon as well as on the website so that it can be followed by all of the friends made through the balloon as the years pass by.
We will try with this unique balloon experience to create a new Guinness World Record by becoming the balloon having been flown by the largest number of different pilots and only once each time.
We expect the “Friendship Balloon” will become a special symbol in the world of ballooning and we hope that pilots worldwide will see it as a special honour to be able to fly the balloon.
Finally we will work so that it can be seen by the maximum number of people in order to give maximum publicity to its message: "Friendship – a fundamental value for the relationship between people."
The “Friendship Balloon” began the adventure Thursday, July 11, 2013 with its presentation at the European Balloon Festival in Igualada and since then has been flown by different pilots.
Ultramagic is creating a planned route of a project that will allow the balloon to fly around the world over the next four years with a forecast of between 300 and 400 flights. These flights must always be made by different pilots so as many pilots as possible can make a flight with the “Friendship Balloon”. No pilot must fly the balloon twice as this will spoil the whole idea of the “Friendship Balloon”. Even if the flight is only a short one it must be the only flight. Making more than one flight would also prevent the planned number of pilots to be able to make the flight and reduce the overall number of pilots involved. If the full goal is accomplished we will probably have achieved at the end of this project a world record as the balloon piloted by the largest single number of pilots. Even more so, it could also probably achieve a world record as any aircraft piloted by the largest single number of pilots that have flown the aircraft only once!