Yesterday, 21 gas balloon teams from 13 countries took off from Gruyères airfield, in Switzerland to compete in the 61st Coupe Aéronautique Gordon BennettRead More
NASA, and its video platform Stream, will launch 100 balloons attached to cameras that will soar 100,000 feet above the Earth’s surface to provideRead More
This thrill seeker walks on a wobbly rope 2,165 feet above the ground, between two floating hot-air balloons. Stanislav Paniuta struggled at first to get a foothold on the rope as balloon pilots and others watch. Was the risk catastrophic?Read More
On February 23, 1945, three preteen boys, Larry Bailey and brothers Ken and Bob Fein, were playing in North Dorr, Michigan, near the Fein’s house. All of a sudden, a mysterious object appeared floating overhead and descend at a 45° angle. The boys knew that it was about to land close by. “We were so excited, we got a family friend Joe Wolf to come with us in his pickup truck, and we tracked it,” said Bailey.Read More
Seventy years ago, Donald Piccard, barely 21, modified the envelope of a Japanese balloon bomb for a balloon flight over Minneapolis and earned the nation’s first Free Balloon Pilot Certificate. The student pilot flew solo for two hours and 10 minutes in a paper and hydrogen balloon for the first time, creating history and reactivating the sport of ballooning in the United States. But the balloon that he flew also brought to light another interesting story–this one from its prior service as a Japanese balloon bomb!Read More
A leak in a stadium-sized scientific balloon forced NASA flight controllers to bring it down in the South Pacific Ocean on May 6th. The super-pressure balloon (SPB) and its space observatory payload, worth several million dollars, have sunk to the bottom of the Pacific, about 321km south of Easter Island, with no chance of recovery.Read More
The world’s largest aircraft returned to the skies since its last crash landing in August and flew for three hours today. The $33 million hybrid airship, which is part blimp, aircraft, and helicopter and is the length of a football field, took off over Bedfordshire, in England.Read More
The balloon-borne ozonesonde helped NOAA develop knowledge and expertise to find out about the depletion of ozone. In May 1985, scientists with the British Antarctic Survey announced that they had discovered a huge hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica. The largest ozone hole area recorded to date was on September 9, 2000, at 11.5 million square miles (29.9 million square kilometers). Scientists had launched the first ozonesonde in 1967 to learn about its distribution…Read More
Balloons took to the skies in record numbers on Friday, April 7, as 82 hot air balloons launched from Lydden Hill Race Circuit atRead More
It’s “GREEN” for the hundred hot air balloon pilots who have been oscillating between “standby” and “amber alerts” since 5th March, in anticipation of favorable weather to cross the English Channel..
Datum RPO, is backing the project and will lead the fleet. Organized by leading aerial marketing specialist Exclusive Ballooning, this mass crossing is set for a Guinness World Record, and will smash the existing world record set in 2011, which had 49 balloons fly across the channel. All the best from The Balloon Journal for a safe and enjoyable flight.