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Chesty - the Marine Corps Bulldog


Chesty - the Marine Corps Bulldog

Named for General Chester "Chesty" Puller, who called his Marines the "Fighting Bulldogs", Chesty was commissioned by Kim Thomas (herself a Marine officer in Salt Lake City). Built by Cameron England, Chesty holds 90,000 cubic feet of hot air. (Summer 2008 - Chesty was returned to Kim Adamson, and is no longer flown by the Corn Palace Balloon Club.)



Chesty - 90


Built 1986

Cameron England

Basket weight

 121 pounds (55 kg)

Burner weight

53 pounds (24 kg)

Envelope weight

381 pounds (173 kg)

1st Flight


CAA test Flight, Bristol England

M. Moore, pilot

1st US Flight


Springtown, PA

Jacques Soukup, pilot

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