Hans Akerstedt (Sweden)

Age 57. Airline Captain, Scandinavian Airlines. Pilot Swedish Air Force and M Sc (Aeronautics).   Balloon license since 1971. 570 hours in all kinds of aerostats.   Together with Jan Balkedal constructed and built a Hot Air Airship 1977 and also the replica of the Polar Balloon “Ornen” for the movie about Swedish polar explorer S. A. Andrée who tried to reach the North Pole by balloon 1897.   Organiser of a number of National Balloon events and also the 1976 European Hot Air Balloon Championship and the 1979 World Hot Air Balloon Championships.   Awarded the FAI Air Sport Medal 1993 and the FAI Montgolfier diploma 1996.   Holder of 2 Swedish National Records for Roziere Balloons.   Participated Gordon Bennett 1984, 1985 and Albuquerque 1993 and World Championships 1996. Best place 6th.