A Hot Air Balloon Ride

September 19, 1992

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Inflating the Balloon

As a gift, Bill gave me a two person certificate for a hot air balloon flight. It was a gift for an exciting adventure with only one downside: Bill and I had to be at the launch site before dawn. The best thermals for ballooning are at dawn and at sunset. Coincidently, the launch site was an open field in Plainfield, directly behind the nursing home where my father was living.

A hot air balloon is a big bag filled with hot air and attached to a passenger basket. Since hot air is lighter than the surrounding air, the balloon and its basket are buoyant. To go higher, the pilot heats the air in the balloon. To go lower, the pilot allows to air to cool.

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