Brian Jones (aeronaut)

Brian George Jones OBE (born 27 March 1947 in Bristol, England) is an English balloonist.

Brian Jones, along with Bertrand Piccard, co-piloted the first successful uninterrupted circumnavigation of the world on board the balloon Breitling Orbiter 3. They set off on 1 March 1999 from Château d'Oex in Switzerland and landed in Egypt after a 45,755 kilometre flight lasting 19 days, 21 hours and 47 minutes.[1] For this achievement, he received awards including the Harmon Trophy, the Hubbard Medal, the FAI Gold Air Medal, the Charles Green Salver and an OBE in the 1999 Birthday Honours.

Still active in ballooning records, In November 2010 Jones piloted the Esprit Breitling Orbiter as a launch platform for Yves Rossy. Rossy made the first successful attempt to perform loops using a jet-powered flying-wing backpack.[2]

Jones grew up in Knowle, Bristol.[3] He served for 13 years in the Royal Air Force.[4] He is married to Joanna, a balloonist, and has two children.[4] He co-authored the book The Greatest Adventure ISBN 978-0747264439 with Bertrand Piccard.


  1. "Higher, Farther, and Longer – Record Balloon Flights in the Second Part of the Twentieth Century". U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission. Archived from the original on 30 April 2003. Retrieved 29 May 2010.
  2. "Jetman". Sport Aviation. March 2011.
  3. "Bristol Balloon Fiesta round-up". This is Bristol. Northcliffe Media. 10 August 2009. Archived from the original on 3 November 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
  4. "Why Brian Jones?". New York Times. 21 March 1999. Retrieved 22 November 2012.

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