As a young man, he traveled the world running safaris and expeditions in Asia, Africa and South America, before moving to work on big sailing boats for six years. It was on one of these boats that the cook told him about someone he knew that had a hot air balloon.
“I thought that sounded like a great job so went to France and had my first hot air balloon flight as a passenger and immediately knew that I wanted to fly balloons myself for a living,” says Chris.
“So I bought my own balloon and took it on the boat wherever we went to build up my hours. I got my commercial pilots licence then starting flying and crewing commercially all around Europe and parts of America in special shape balloons.”
Chris returned to the UK and spent 15 years flying passenger hot air balloons in Kent, before joining Virgin Balloon Flights in 2012
To join Chris on a magical hot air balloon ride over the Lake District, click here. Chris also flies from the beautiful Sheildhill Castle, near Biggar and Lanark in Scotland and sitting conveniently between Edinburgh and Glasgow.