Ru­pert flies again

Pilot - - NEW REGS -

Ru­pert Bear and his Nut­wood chums are char­ac­ters in the long­est con­tin­u­ously-run­ning comic strip/graphic novel in the world. First ap­pear­ing in the Daily Ex­press news­pa­per in 1920, its homely British val­ues were recog­nised as such a morale-booster that ex­tra pa­per was al­lot­ted for it through­out the war. The Cameron Ru­pert Spe­cial Shape hot-air bal­loon G-BTML was com­mis­sioned by Fly­ing Pic­tures in 1991 and flew for six years with its trade­mark red jumper and yel­low-checked trousers and scarf. Since then it has oc­ca­sion­ally been in­flated tethered at bal­loon fi­es­tas but now can as­cend anew.

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