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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Why You Should Ride in a Hot Air Balloon at Least Once in Your Life

Not everyone gets the privilege of taking a ride on a hot air balloon in their life. If you ever get the chance to take part in a ride 5,000 feet in the air, don’t shy away! Whether it’s over the Grand Canyon or a gorgeous British countryside, hot air balloon rides are a popular choice for anyone looking for an unforgettable experience and to make memories that will last forever. Everyone chooses to embark on a hot air balloon ride in the sky for their own reasons, however, there are several reasons why everyone should take a ride on one at some point in their lives. What is so...

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How hot air balloons are made

Hot air balloons are fascinating to see floating through the air on a clear day. Have you ever wondered how they are made? Hot air balloons these days are constructed of two main parts: an envelope or what is called a gas bag and a basket or what is called a gondola. Since the envelope has to be protected from tearing it is usually made of a nylon that is designed not to rip. Other materials such as polyester may be used to make the envelope. A fire proof material has to be used to make the bottom part of the envelope so that it does not catch fire. This...

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Fun Facts About Hot Air Balloon

Are you going on a flight with a hot air balloon? They are so many funny and interesting facts about the hot air balloon you would love to know. So, before you go on that amazing adventure you have been dying to have, here are some fun facts about the hot air balloon you will love to know about. The hot air balloons were invented in France in the 1700s. A sheep, duck, and chicken were the first passengers to fly on a hot air balloon. They all survived the flight which was the very first hot air balloon flight. The flight lasted for about eight minutes. The longest hot...

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How to Fly a Hot Air Balloon

Are you curious about flying a hot air balloon? Come on board as we take you through all you need to know before you grab a basket. Flying the hot air balloon is an exciting experience which everyone will love to have. You will get to have a good view of your surrounding and enjoy the feeling of being able to fly on your own. The experience is mind-blowing. You have to note that flying a hot air balloon requires a pilot’s license, you will be breaking the law if you get up in the air without the necessary permission. You can even go for full training and get certified...

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