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Sat. April 8th at 7am – Sun n Fun Hot Air Balloon Launch – 863area.com

Sat. April 8th at 7am - Sun n Fun Hot Air Balloon Launch - 863area.com

Sat. April 8th at 7am – Sun n Fun Hot Air Balloon Launch One of the oldest and most beautiful forms of flight was first “test-piloted” by a sheep, a duck and a rooster! In 1783 the Montgolfier brothers loaded this menagerie aboard an airship and launched it up, up and away! Later that year they themselves took to the skies in a hot air balloon made of paper and silk. Modern hot-air balloons are showcased early Saturday morning with a spectacular airship launch. Pilots participating in this launch are part of a unique group of seasoned air-show veterans from around the world. Hot air balloon pilots carry an FAA issued pilot’s license in the “Lighter than Air” Category. In addition to passing the traditional written tests, a pilot is specially trained in balloon mechanics, safety, procedures, and the unique flight characteristics of balloons. Rated as either Private or Commercial, pilot competence can ...

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