Rebecca has a true adoration for the outdoors and has been a keen adventurer from a young age. In her own words she loves nothing more than “making people’s dreams come true” by flying them in a hot air balloon.
Rebecca has been involved in ballooning for the last 13 years, and ran her own ballooning company before becoming a pilot for Virgin Balloon Flights. Now with over 500 flight hours under her belt, she’s fast becoming one of the country’s most experienced female pilots.
The other love in Rebecca’s life (aside from hot air balloons and her daughter Robyn) is sailing. Along with others she set up a charity which enables underprivileged and disadvantaged children the chance to sail aboard “The Richard Langhorn” boat encouraging teamwork, trust and reliance.
Both sailing and ballooning have allowed Rebecca to see, sail and fly in some of the world’s most amazing places including Europe, Syria, Switzerland, Sri Lanka and of course the UK. A year’s backpacking in her early twenties also allowed her to explore China, Indonesia and Malaysia.
“One of the things I love about ballooning is the sheer beauty of the views, I have been lucky to be able to explore so much of the world,” says Rebecca.
“My most memorable balloon flight was most definitely over the Palmyra in Syria which is located in an oasis just outside Damascus. The ancient ruins of the Arabic city provided the most amazing views from the balloon.”
Aside from being a mother, a pilot and a yacht master, Rebecca achieved a balloon “long jump” of 192 miles from Fishguard to Peterborough around six years ago, and plans to break some ballooning records in the future. So watch this space!
Make your dreams come true aboard Rebecca’s hot air balloon from Grantham, Peterborough, Newark, Stamford, Nottingham or Rutland Water.