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What’s that coming over the hill.. it’s a giant hot air balloon made out of Paddy Power Lucky Pants

by Paddy Power Admin | March 13, 2013

9 pictures of the giant Paddy Power Lucky Pants hot air balloon at Cheltenham

Paddy Power loves nothing more than Cheltenham and horse racing. Oh, and a bit of mischief.

So, for the Cheltenham Festival 2013 we have unleashed this beautiful giant green hot air balloon, based on our famous Lucky Pants.

After Ruby Walsh romped home on Champagne Fever on Tuesday, Paddy thought it only right to celebrate in style in a plan conceived after a night on the black stuff. Here are the results…

Up, up and away… Paddy Power’s Lucky Pants balloon during the National Hunt Chase on Wednesday

Paddy Pant 1


Balloon Wednesday 3

Fill her up, lads.. our team prep ‘Paddy Pant 1’ for take off

Paddy Power balloon

FULL OF HOT AIR: The Paddy Power team busy prepping our balloon in testing

Modelled on Paddy Power’s famous Lucky Pants, the balloon stands at a huge 63ft high and 60ft wide. It uses more than 3,600 sq ft of material, holds 115,000 cubic feet of air and boasts a belt-busting waistband of 2,260 inches. It took a team of top engineers and two of the UK’s most skilled seamstresses six months to make the giant undergarments flight-worthy.The basket carries up to four people (including the pilot). It’s nicknamed ‘Paddy Pant 1’ and made its debut appearance at Cheltenham after the Supreme Novice’s Hurdle.

Paddy Power balloon

Watch this space for more, keep your eyes on the skies around Cheltenham, and tweet your pictures to @paddypower using the hashtag #LuckyPants.

Paddy Power balloon

Paddy Power balloon

GREEN GIANT: That’s our team and the 63ft high and 60ft wide beauty

Here’s a picture from an eagle-eyed punter who caught in on Channel 4 live…

Balloon on TV

Paddy Power balloon

TEST FLIGHT: The Paddy Power balloon, Paddy Pant 1, takes to the skies earlier this week in secret

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