Built in 1978 this balloon was permanently withdrawn from use in 2007 having flown for 337 hours, about a normal life for a balloon. It made a tethered flight at the British Balloon Museum and Library inflation day
Hot air balloons tend to have a limited life, around 400 hours, as the envelope becomes porous to hot air. This example, built in 1981 was cancelled in 1998. Many are preserved by the British Balloon Museum and Library and this is seen at a tethered inflation.
Once the symbol of Robertson's Jams in the UK this was the first special shaped balloon which set a trend for such things. It was sacrificed by the company due to Political Correctness but fortunately survives as part of the British Balloon Museum and Library collection. It made a tethered inflation at Pidley, Cambridgeshire and still seemed to be loved by the youngsters who were there.