‘Whatever business you do it’s best to put everything into it, if you just do that thing & go home at night & forget it, life’s going to be a lot more boring’ Don Cameron MBE.
The Young Bristol Fundraising Committee invites you to a presentation by Don Cameron MBE on Saturday 18th February 2017 at Merchants’ Hall, The Promenade, Bristol, BS8 3NH. Followed by Afternoon Tea & Champagne 2:00 for 2:30 p.m by kind permission of The Master.
Donald Cameron was born in Glasgow in 1939. He attended Allan Glen’s School in the City, after which he continued his formal education by reading Aeronautical Engineering at Glasgow University, graduating with honours in 1961. He also obtained a Master’s Degree at Cornell University, in the USA in 1963, after which he took up an appointment with the Bristol Aeroplane Company. In his enthusiasm for Aeronautics and flying, he and a few friends who were members of Bristol Gliding Club, formed the group who built the first modern hot-air balloon, in Western Europe, called the Bristol Belle, which flew in 1967. This new-found hobby of ballooning was transformed into a commercial concern which, today is the largest manufacturer of hot-air balloons, making Bristol the undisputed ballooning capital of the world.
Don Cameron is an experienced pilot and has received the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals of the British Royal Aero Club for his ballooning achievements. It was at The White House in the United States of America that the Vice President awarded him the Harmon Trophy, which has had such auspicious holders as Charles Lindburgh and Neil Armstrong.
Cameron Balloons, Bristol, built the world’s first hot-air airship, a dirigible shaped hot-air balloon that can be manoeuvred by using a small engine and fabric rudder. These activities were extended to include the world’s smallest helium filled craft, being a one-man machine that can be kept in an ordinary aircraft hanger when not in use. As well as all these conventional balloons, Don Cameron’s company has developed the technology to produce its world famous special shapes. Such shapes as a Fantasia Castle for Disney; a bust of Beethoven; an Orient Express train; trucks; shoes; telephone; motorcycle; cars; fruit; bottles; cans; golf balls and numerous animals, such as a dinosaur, a dog, a parrot, bears, rabbits, Mickey Mouse, and, of course Donald Duck. The designs of early special shapes were all completed by Don Cameron himself using a drawing board and slide-rule technique.
Don Cameron has advanced the science, technology and the art of lighter-than-air flight to its highest level over a period in excess of 25 years. The epitome of his achievement is most persuasively illustrated by the fact that it was a Don Cameron R-650 Roziere type, combination helium and hot-air balloon, that was used by the Breitling Orbiter team to complete the first-ever circumnavigation of the globe by hot-air balloon.
Cameron Balloons makes more than 75% of the world’s special-shaped balloons, constructs approximately a balloon every day, and 85% of these are exported. It is hardly surprising therefore that his company won the Queen’s Award for Export.
Donald Cameron, like many of his ilk, is a dreamer who, through ability, enthusiasm, commitment and hard work, has succeeded in making many of his dreams a reality.
A Sumptuous Afternoon Tea & Glass of Champagne will follow the Talk.
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