Crispin Williams (GB)

A resident of Langford, Somerset, UK, Crispin started ballooning in hot air balloons in 1974 with the Anglia Aeronauts Ascension Association after 13 years as a fixed wing pilot including time in the Royal Air Force as an RAF Navigator. Once he discovered ballooning, however, he gave up flying heavier-than-air aircraft. He achieved his private pilotís license (PPL) in balloons in 1974 and flew in the first UK National Championship in 1975. Crispin Williams and his wife and crew chief Sara have attended every UK National Championship since then. An accomplished balloonist, Crispin has been the highest placed pilot at a World Championship and can normally be found in the top ten finishers at European Hot Air Balloon Championships.

Crispin J. Williams participates in ballooning on many levels. In addition to being a world-class competitor, he is also a pilot instructor and a Private and Commercial Pilot License examiner for the Civil Aviation Authority for balloons and airships. He is also a balloon and airship inspector for the British Balloon & Airship Club. As a profession, he is in sales at Thunder and Colt Balloons in Bristol, UK. Below is a sampling of his activities:

Competition Flying
1st Place
- 1977 UK National Hot Air Balloon Championship

1st Place - 1979 UK National Hot Air Balloon Championship

1st Place - 1983 UK National Hot Air Balloon Championship

1st Place - 1984 UK National Hot Air Balloon Championship

1st Place - 1985 World Hot Air Balloon Championship Ė Highest Placed Pilot

5th Place - 1995 U.S. European Hot Air Balloon Championship

3rd Place - 1997 UK National Hot Air Balloon Championship

Awards
1979
British Balloon & Airship Club Adams Sparks Trophy as Pilot of the Year, awarded jointly with wife Sara.

1985 Silver Medal from the Royal Aero Club for achievement in competition ballooning.

1986 British Balloon & Airship Club Adams Sparks Trophy as Pilot of the Year.

1998 Prince of Wales Cup (team member) from the Royal Aero Club for achievement at the 1st World Air Games.

Service to Ballooning:
1976-1978
Founding Member and 1st Chairman of the Pennine Region of the British Balloon & Airship Club.

1982 Chairman, Eastern Region of the British Balloon & Airship Club.

1993-1995 Chairman, British Balloon & Airship Club.

1978 to Present Chairman, British Balloon & Airship Club.

Aviation Accomplishments
1961
Private Pilotís License flying Tiger Moths.

1962 Joined the Royal Air Force (RAF).

1963 Qualified as an RAF Navigator.

1976-1979 Navigation Instructor at the Advanced Navigation School, RAF Finningley.

1979-1983 No. 23 Squadron Flying Air Defense Phantoms based in the UK.

1984-1987 HQ RAF Germany running the RAF Map printing service and supervising the RAF Germany low flying system.

1988 Retired from the RAF and joined Thunder & Colt Balloons, Ltd.

Crispin Williams holds a UK Commercial Pilotís License (CPL) for balloons of Groups A, B and C and a hot air airship Private Pilotís License (PPL). He also has a Radio Telephony (RT) rating for UHF, VHF and HF.