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|Modern hot air balloons date from 1950s. |
Special Shapesstarted in mid 1970s.
First untethered flightwas in 1783 (Paris).
World Altitude recordof 21,027 m (68,986 ft) was in 2005, from Mumbai, India and traveling 240 km (150 mi) south. The previous record was 19,811 m (64,997 ft) in 1988 (Plano, Texas). Oxygen is needed for all flights exceeding 15,000 ft (4,600 m).
longest flightwas completed in 1991 after 7,671.91 km (4,767.10 mi) from Japan to Northern Canada, a balloon with a volume of 74 thousand cubic meters (2.6 million cubic feet), the largest ever. Pacific Flyer flew at record ground speeds of 245 mph (394 km/h). The
longest durationrecord was set in the Breitling Orbiter 3, in the first nonstop trip around the world by balloon. The
longest durationflight completed in 1999, from Switzerland to Cairo - setting distance, endurance and time records in 19d 21h 55min. In 2002, Steve Fosset set the record time for around the world travel in 13d 8h 33min.
|Date 2013||Location||#||List - http://www.hotairballoon.com/|
|Jan 11-13, 2013||Monument Valley, Utah||20||http://www.hotairballoon.com/3rd-Annual-Monument-Valley-Balloon-Event/|
|Jan 18-21, 2013||Lake Havasu City, Arizona||60||http://www.havasuballoonfest.com/|
|Jan 26-27, 2013||Mesquite, Nevada||35||http://www.hotairballoon.com/Mesquite-Balloon-Festival/|
|April 5-7, 2013||Sarasota, Florida||22||http://floridawinefest.org/|
|May 17-19, 2013||Erie, Colorado||60||http://www.hotairballoon.com/Erie-Town-Fair-Balloon-Festival/ (6:15am)|
|Oct 5-13, 2013||Albuquerque, New Mexico||500||http://www.balloonfiesta.com/|
|Nov 17, 2012||Mirror Lake, Eden Park, Cincinnati, Ohio||12||http://myducksoup.com/gallery/balluminaria.shtml (night glow, 2012)|