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The Flying Kettle Project owes acknowledgements to an awful lot of people... In no particular order, heartfelt thanks to:

CORPORATE ENTITIES:

The 4th Feltham Scouts Group for a great deal of help and for the unstinting use of their facilities, without which much of our construction and experiments to date could not have been performed;

Albany International for donation of samples of their Primaloft PL1 product;

Gelvenor SA of South Africa for supply of their siliconized nylon fabric;

Kew Bridge Steam Museum for encouragement and advice;

Marc de Piolenc for several important prior art documents;

INDIVIDUALS:

Shizu Bito because she is gamman-tsuyoi, which means "good at putting up with things";

Mr. Brian Boland of Boland Balloons for a great deal of encouragement at the right juncture;

Philip Hopes for unending consultation and concrete help, with best wishes for his future;.

Bill and Erskine for a lot of metallic construction;

David Edwards for materials know-how, ingenious mechanical tweaking, and voluminous discussion;

Peter Rhodes of Lindstrand Balloons in England for encouragement and supply of used balloon fabric;

Peter Stokes for much background material and advice;

Terry Price for sewing up the first full-size Steam Balloon;

Professor Gabriel Khouri for giving me the chance to air my views in front of the most select audience imaginable;

Giles Camplin for his kindness in advising a tyro quite new to the field of practical ballooning;

Anthony Smith for words of wisdom from someone who has been there and done that;

David Scott, for the donation of a very heavy and valuable object, nearly a hundred years old;

Grzegorz Tokarczyk for a great deal of hard labour;

Yoichi Oshima for assistance with the intellectual property aspects;

and.....

William the boxer dog for his unceasing vigilance and protection!



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