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.

Gordon Bennett 2023

1Eric Decellieres
Benoit Havret
FRA2661.40 km
2Wilhelm Eimers
Benjamin Eimers
GER2587.21 km
3Benoit Pelard
Benoît Péterlé
FRA2359.95 km

67th Gordon Bennett

The take-off from Münster, Germany is planed for September 13, 2024.

Gordon Bennett 2022

Gordon Bennett 2021