Our lovely pilot Martin Collinson, flew from Stamford Meadows on Tuesday night this week, and a fellow pilot and friend Ian Warrington, managed to capture this beautiful shot of the balloon just after take off.

You too can fly from Stamford Meadows or any other of our 100+ launch sites in England, Scotland and Wales from as little as £169pp. Simply visit www.virginballoonflights.co.uk or call our Shropshire based call centre on 01952 212750.