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13 September 2004

How to retrieve a lost marker...

Here a little story we want to share with you...

The Belgica 2 team scored its last marker a few hundred metres from the Lithuanian border. A beautiful result ... but after the landing (at the other side of a cornfield) the marker had disappeared.

Two Poles were at the landing. They were eager to help and pack the balloon and of course our pilots accepted, with a gas balloon every bit of help is welcome. Philippe and Ron told them about the lost marker. The Poles promised to solve the problem ... 1 phone call and ...

they continued helping. Afterwards pilots and crew wanted to go and find something to eat (no wonder after an 18-hour flight) and their friendly helpers showed them the way to a good pizzeria.

The local radio had broadcasted the message of their fellow workers and at their arrival in the pizzeria a note was waiting for them: the marker had been found! Crew and helpers drove the 20 km back, the observer measured the distance between the marker and the goal, and thèn they could finally sit down to enjoy a hearty meal...

So ... if you have a 'lost marker', it is always wise to contact the local radio station ;-)

Posted by Marianne at 8:07 AM

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