From balloon business to aerial specialists

How it started

A brief history of Flying Pictures

Originally founded in the late 1970s by advertising executive and explorer Colin Prescot, the company made its name as the world's largest hot-air balloon business.


Partnering up

During the early 1980’s Colin met renowned helicopter film pilot Marc Wolff and agreed to expand the company to include helicopter filming services.


In the 1990s its activities further expanded into airships, tethered blimps, design and manufacturing stabilised camera systems, TV program production, film processing and high altitude hot-air balloon world record attempts for different clients.


During the early 2000s, the hot-air ballooning business suffered from the outbreak of Foot and Mouth, and the focus of the company began to concentrate on high-end feature film & TV aerial filming services with the industry-renowned experience & crew we had built up over the previous 25 years.


By 2010 the company had concentrated entirely on its helicopter filming division, expanding its aerial camera resources and specialist crew. Innovation has always been central to the business and in 2016 the company expanded with the addition of the most advanced and experienced drone crews.


Flying Pictures have become the “one-stop-shop” for all things in aerial productions, spanning helicopters, planes, hot-air balloons, and drones, including the design & manufacture of specialist equipment to capture the shot.