Amazing Balloon Designs

We all know the typical shape and style of a hot air balloon. The inverted tear drop has graced the skies for many years and is an easily recognisable item as it soars through the great blue up above. Even though they can come in all manner of colours and patterns, artistic balloon designers have taken it upon themselves to break convention over and over again. Now thanks to balloon festivals and eager creative folk we can see much more than the original shape hovering hundreds of feet above ground. The following are some of the notable and remarkable designs that have hit the world of hot air balloons. Space...

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Where to Learn to Operate a Hot Air Balloon

The sky seemed the limited of humanity for a very long time. We have always wanted to reach the clouds and take a look at our world from above. This dream became reality more than a century ago when the first hot air balloon was invented. From that point on the technological advancement in aviation was amazing and many people believed that this machine will be forgotten. But the popularity of the hot air balloon remained thanks to the fact that it is a very nice way to observe the nature and to have some quiet and relaxing moments. There are countless places world-wide where you can take a ride...

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Hot Air Balloon Extreme Sports

Hot air balloon was the first flight machine that was ever invented, and they have been a sensation ever since. Their history starts more than one hundred years ago and when they first appeared, they managed to shock and impress the whole world. With their help, a new world was opened, the idea of air travel was becoming a reality. A long calm flight across beautiful scenery was available to those who could afford it. Today the thrill of being up in the air has not worn off. But besides the lazy and calm flights in a hot air balloon there is also a crazy side. There are many new...

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Versions of Hot Air Balloons

Hot air balloons are some of the coolest inventions for leisure activities and not only. The beginning of the balloons was a long time ago when people still wondered how to pursue the permanent dream of reaching the skies. Hot air balloons came and solved this problem in a very simple and innovative way. The dream of looking at the peaks of the mountains from above became reality and the popularity of the hot air balloons grew immediately after they were invented. This innovation was also used for military purposes but just for a short period of time and soon it returned to be a wonderful leisure activity. Being a...

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Hot Air Balloon Races

Hot air balloons are one of the most interesting and fun inventions for leisure activities. For centuries, humans have been fascinated with flying and going to greater and greater heights. Now a days we take this for granted as we have such easy access to airplanes and such things. The innovation of the hot air balloons allowed people long ago to admire the world from above. This amazing invention touched the hearts of many and this is how hot air balloon festivals and races were born. People with similar interests and with a common love for hot air balloons gather to compare their balloons and to test their skills in...

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The Ideal Date On a Hot Air Balloon

While most people would be content with a traditional date such as dinner and a movie, some may want to try something more exciting that can still be romantic. Picture yourself drifting above the earth with a glass of champagne in hand. This could just be the cleverest idea yet for a romantic date. Of course, more planning would be involved in going on a date in a hot air balloon than a traditional dinner date. You would have to book in advance and pay quite a bit of money. You also need to be sure that your prospective date is willing and not afraid of heights since this would...

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Who Designs Hot Air Balloons

Today there are a few notable hot air balloon designers and manufacturers that are found in the UK and the United States. Apex Balloons is located in Phoenix, Arizona in the United States. This company has been designing and manufacturing hot air balloons since 1998. They design very lightweight balloons and enjoy experimentation. They not only build entire balloons but also have pre-cut kits that a person can purchase and put together themselves. They do customize balloons for individual customers and also offer the option for customers to come and help build their balloons in the shop. Kits do come with a plan and instructions on how to build the...

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Hot Air Balloon Festivals

Albuquerque New Mexico in the United States is famous for its hot air balloon festival. There are few sights more spectacular than hot air balloons floating over a beautiful desert landscape. This festival lasts just over a week and has several events that are scheduled. If you happen to be in New Mexico in October, then this would be a worthwhile festival to attend. [caption id="attachment_55" align="alignright" width="255"] Albuquerque New Mexico[/caption] Also, in the United States is the Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic that is held during May each year on Memorial Day. A little later in July there is a balloon festival held in New Jersey. The QuickChek...

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The Joys of Hot Air Ballooning

Most people often consider hot air ballooning as one of life's few magical experiences. It is tough for most people to explain the joys and wonder of lying with the wind with no sensation of movement. From the mystical morning with the fog lying in the low valleys to the brilliant sunrise.  Flying in a hot balloon is usually not like other aircraft as the only feeling of movement will be from your eyes, you will see that you are moving, but your body won't feel anything as you drift with the breeze. Here are some of the joys of hot air ballooning. THE ASCENDING With everyone ready in the...

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Famous Journeys in Hot Air Balloons

There have been some famous hot air balloon journeys that have been made with people attempting to travel across land and even across oceans. The very first recorded manned flight in a hot air balloon was achieved in October 1783. The balloon was however tethered and it was not until November of that same year that the first untethered hot air balloon flight took place.  François Laurent d’Arlandes and Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier flew out for just under 30 minutes to the suburbs surrounding Paris after lifting off from the central region of the city. This was an incredible accomplishment at that time. The first recorded long distance flight by hot...

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