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Our Trip to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2017

Laurie Givin - Monday, October 17, 2016

17th Annual Flag City Balloonfest

Laurie Givin - Friday, July 22, 2016
We couldn't be more excited to join in for the Flag City Balloonfest at Emory Adams Park in Findlay, Ohio for another year!! We've had so much fun in the past and we really hope that you all can make it out to join the fun!  Read More

The Best & Worst Weather for Hot Air Balloons

Laurie Givin - Thursday, January 28, 2016

Before we fly our majestic, floating giants, we always check on the weather. And we mean ALWAYS. The weather is THE most important factor when it comes to flying a hot air balloon because the safety of our riders and pilots come first!  Read More

11 Weird Fact About Ballooning

Laurie Givin - Monday, September 29, 2014

1. In 1808, two Frenchmen took part in a hot air balloon duel to the death. The men took to the skies above Paris and shot at each others’ balloons, in order to win the heart of a famous opera singer.

2. In 2013, 408 hot air balloons took off at once from a former Nato base in Chambley, France, breaking a world record.

3. The first hot air balloon passengers were a sheep, a rooster and a duck.

4. The first person to fly a hot air balloon was also the first person to die in one. After his first flight in 1783, scientist Jean-François Pilâtre De Rozier then attempted to cross the English Channel in a half-hot air, half-hydrogen balloon. Sadly, Rozier and his co-pilot were killed when the balloon exploded after just half an hour.

5. During the next (successful) attempt to fly across the English Channel, pilots Jean-Pierre Blanchard and Dr John Jeffries landed in their underwear after they lost height and had to discard their clothes into the sea.

6. Keeping themselves out of the water was especially important for Blanchard and Jeffries, since neither of them could swim.

7. In 2010, the first set of passengers in the world’s only glass bottomed balloon set sail over Bath.

8. Hot air balloons cannot fly in the rain.

9. The highest ever hot air balloon flight was piloted by Vijaypat Singhania and reached 69,852 ft in a 160ft tall balloon.

10. According to IMDb, it would take over 12 million balloons to lift Carl’s house in the movie ‘Up’.

11. Despite becoming inextricably linked with the story, there is no gas balloon featured in Jules Verne’s original ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ novel. The balloon was added for the film in 1956.


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The History of Ballooning

Laurie Givin - Tuesday, August 12, 2014

26 YEAR CELEBRATION

Laurie Givin - Monday, May 12, 2014


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