Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett

The Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett, the FAI World Long Distance Gas Balloon Championship, is the oldest and most prestigious event in aviation and the ultimate challenge for the pilots. It is a story full of adventure, skill, courage, survival and luck. The goal is simple: to fly the furthest non-stop distance from the launch site.

The international competition was initiated by adventurer and newspaper tycoon James Gordon Bennett Jr. in 1906, when 16 balloons launched from the Tuileries Gardens in Paris, France. Little did the crowd of 200,000 spectators know that this race was to continue throughout the 20th century. The winning team brings the competition to their country.

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August 28 - September 5, 2020

Gordon Bennett 2019

Gordon Bennett 2018

RankPilotsCountryScore
1Mateusz Rekas
Jacek Bogdanski
POL1145.29 km
2Andy Cayton
Bill Smith
USA882.37 km
3Matthias Zenge
Benjamin Eimers
GER840.59 km