The 17th FAI World Hot Air Balloon Championship, held at Tochigi in Japan
from 18 to 26 November 2006, came to a successful conclusion, thus closing
the 2006 FAI World Championships season.
Sixty-two competitors representing 31 countries worldwide attended the
Championship. After 28 competition tasks, the winners were :
1st – John PETREHN (USA)
2nd – Joe HEARTSILL (USA)
3rd – Uwe SCHNEIDER (GER)
Both FAI President Pierre PORTMANN and FAI Ballooning Commission President
Jean-Claude WEBER attended the prize-giving ceremony, as did "Asimo", a
representative of the latest technological developments of Honda, partner of
the 17th FAI World Hot Air Balloon Championship.
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