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07 September 2008

Helma Sjuts deceased

Helma SjutsHelma Sjuts is no longer among us. She died at the age of 89.
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In 1969 she made her first balloon flight in Münster. In 1970 Helma got her license, she participated in many competitions and she broke many records. With her numerous participations in the Coupe Aeronautique Gordon Bennett (´83-Parijs;´84-Zürich;´85-Genf;´87-Tirol; ´88-Bregenz;´89-Lech;´90-Lech;´91-Lech; ´92-Stuttgart) she also obtained international fame. Helma Sjuts was one of the most famous female gas balloonists in the world and she spent over 6400 flight hours in a balloon.

In 2003 her book "Ein leben in ballon" was published. It described her ballooning passion, her adventurous flights and also the technical aspects of ballooning. The stories were illustrated with many splendid photos and documents that demystify the world of gas ballooning to the reader.

Helma never got married and she had no children.

Photo: Luc & Donald Buyle

Ballonpost van Helma Sjuts


Posted by Marianne at 12:27 PM

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