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Boy in the Balloon Appeared on 'Wife Swap
TMZ.COM ^ | Oct 15th 2009 2:40PM | TMZ Staff

Posted on 10/15/2009 1:44:27 PM PDT by Smogger

Six-year-old Falcon Heene's family is described as "storm-chasing, science-obsessed Heene family from Colorado" on the show's website -- and sure enough, in the background of the family photo, there's another flying saucer.

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alconheene; balloon; balloonboy; falconheene
Crazier and crazier.
1 posted on 10/15/2009 1:44:28 PM PDT by Smogger
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To: Smogger

I’m not one of those people who thought the parents should have the book thrown at them for a simple mistake, but if this is a publicity hoax, I’ll feel quite different.


2 posted on 10/15/2009 1:48:55 PM PDT by z3n
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To: Smogger

UFO....hummm....

A good looking family.
I hope the little fellow is safe somewhere.


3 posted on 10/15/2009 1:49:15 PM PDT by LadyPilgrim ((Lifted up was He to die; It is finished was His cry; Hallelujah what a Savior!!!!!! ))
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To: Smogger
If the family is as high energy as I am led to believe ... I see nothing but a bunch of alpha's, demanding a speciel observation by the adults.

Personally, I think the kid was screwing around and let the thing go ... and took off ... scared.

I'd have to have more data about the construction of the "basket" to entertain a falling boy.

If it was me ... I think I'd take a chance ... and take the ride.

4 posted on 10/15/2009 1:49:44 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Smogger

That episode was just on a few nights ago. What a horrible program.


5 posted on 10/15/2009 1:52:17 PM PDT by GBA
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To: knarf

http://www.9news.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=125161&catid=339

Crews searching for box that was on bottom of aircraft
posted by: Sara Gandy written by: Jeffrey Wolf 2 mins ago

LARIMER COUNTY - Authorities are searching for a box that was attached to the bottom of an experimental aircraft that took off from a Fort Collins home with a 6-year-old boy inside on Thursday morning.
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The homemade aircraft made an apparent soft landing northeast of Denver International Airport on Thursday afternoon, but rescue crews found no sign of the boy when they reached the aircraft.

When it landed five miles east of Prospect Reservoir, 9NEWS could not see any child rescued from the basket of the balloon, but earlier Fort Collins Police had said they were certain he was still inside.

Police believe the boy, Falcon Heene, was inside the box when the aircraft lifted off around 11 a.m.

Police say there are pegs on the bottom of the aircraft that indicate that a box was attached at some point. ...


6 posted on 10/15/2009 1:53:13 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: knarf

Does anyone know how high the balloon went before it returned to earth?


7 posted on 10/15/2009 1:53:31 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: BradyLS

I heard Hannity say 8000 feet. Then I heard a pilot call in and say it could have been 4000 feet.

Who knows.


9 posted on 10/15/2009 1:56:25 PM PDT by CommieCutter (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/programs/ht/qt/3013_08.html)
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To: Smogger
Oct 15, 2009 2:44 pm US/Mountain Sheriff's Official: Boy Climbed Into Box Attached To Balloon, But Basket Not Found At CrashFORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) ― Sheriff's official: Boy climbed into box attached to balloon, but basket not found at crash.
10 posted on 10/15/2009 1:59:10 PM PDT by frithguild (Can I drill your head now?)
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To: BradyLS
I was a little late to the party, but I didn't see anything over about 1500 ft.

I think the 8,000 was a misreading of 800 ... but, that's just MY opinion.

11 posted on 10/15/2009 2:08:39 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: frithguild

That is what I heard on FOX. This is not good. As high as that balloon got the results of such a fall can’t be good. The higher the balloon got the worse the poor child’s odds of surviving got.


12 posted on 10/15/2009 2:10:06 PM PDT by pepperhead (Kennedys float, Mary Jos don't)
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To: knarf

In Colorado 800 feet would be several thousand feet below the surface into the bedrock.


13 posted on 10/15/2009 2:10:45 PM PDT by Melas
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To: knarf

I think the 8000 foot altitude was MSL - mean sea level, or altitude above sea level. The altitude above the ground (AGL - above ground level) was probably more like 2000 or so feet.

Prayers...


14 posted on 10/15/2009 2:11:18 PM PDT by bootless (Never Forget. Never Again. And NEVER GIVE UP!)
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To: bootless

OK ... that’s what I meant ... I’m no pilot, but I knew there was two different ways of saying altitude ... I remarked on the height from the ground.


15 posted on 10/15/2009 2:12:57 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: pepperhead

8000 feet is not nearly high enough to cause problems. Colorado has thriving towns at higher elevations. Woodland Park was an old stomping ground and it’s near 8500 feet. Folks forget that Denver is a fairly low lying city on the front range it’s a mile high.


16 posted on 10/15/2009 2:14:47 PM PDT by Melas
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To: knarf; BradyLS
Accounts were pretty bad...Denver is over 5000 ft, balloon may have gotten to 1000 or so above ground (6000+ above sea) but it looked lower for most of the coverage.
Fox (Smith) kept talking about hot air, also wrong.
For the hour or so I watched there was no "box" under the thing.

I would LOVE to be there when daddy explains why it was a good idea to build a balloon in just the form most people attribute to flying saucers, to have it partially filled in the back yard, and to let his six year old play with the tethers.
Also, it'd be fun to hear big brother's explanation for saying the kid was inside when he (probably) was not. (Or, how the kid got inside before the lines were released...)

17 posted on 10/15/2009 2:19:37 PM PDT by norton
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To: Smogger

The kid is in the barn.

I read this in a book, same plot.


18 posted on 10/15/2009 2:23:58 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: knarf

Exactly - I knew what you meant, but I just wanted to get that out there


19 posted on 10/15/2009 2:25:47 PM PDT by bootless (Never Forget. Never Again. And NEVER GIVE UP!)
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To: Melas

I am not talking about the surviving the air. I am talking about surviving the fall. The kid was in a basket attached to the balloon. When the helicopters caught up to the balloon there was no basket. So sometime between the take off and the time the helicopters caught up to the balloon this child in a basket did a free fall to the earth. The higher he got the more problems such a fall would cause.


20 posted on 10/15/2009 2:33:07 PM PDT by pepperhead (Kennedys float, Mary Jos don't)
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To: Smogger

So I assume it’s not just the boy who appeared, but the entire family?


21 posted on 10/15/2009 2:41:42 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: pepperhead

After seeing the balloon, I find it had to believe that it would lift a child anywhere. I agree, the kid is in the barn.


22 posted on 10/15/2009 2:58:29 PM PDT by dangerdoc
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To: dangerdoc

Kid is alive according to CNN.


23 posted on 10/15/2009 3:09:56 PM PDT by pepperhead (Kennedys float, Mary Jos don't)
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To: pepperhead

Found at home. He was probably hiding in the closet or something, scared that he would be in trouble. Thank God he is Ok


24 posted on 10/15/2009 3:10:30 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Smogger

KOA radio in Denver reporting the kid has been found alive.


25 posted on 10/15/2009 3:10:54 PM PDT by greedo
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To: z3n

When I heard he had a TV program, it was the first thing I thought.


26 posted on 10/15/2009 3:11:22 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: GBA
That episode was just on a few nights ago. What a horrible program

i just that particular episode yesterday... the father was/is awful...

27 posted on 10/15/2009 3:12:50 PM PDT by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: Smogger
Also in this strange video the family made...

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YouTube video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBWJXXgaYBo

28 posted on 10/15/2009 3:18:24 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Smogger
Six-year-old Falcon Heene

Name a kid Falcon and he just assumes he should be able to fly...
29 posted on 10/15/2009 3:37:08 PM PDT by philled (A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.-- GB Shaw)
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To: philled

But he wasn’t trying to fly, he was just Falcon around.


30 posted on 10/15/2009 4:48:23 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (They have a saying in Chicago Mr Bond once happenstance, twice coincidence, three times enemy action)
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To: Melas
In Colorado 800 feet would be several thousand feet below the surface into the bedrock.

Trying to imaging Colorado bridge height clearance signs....

[Overhead clearance 5,712']

31 posted on 10/15/2009 4:54:41 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: Smogger

I kind of like these guys.


32 posted on 10/15/2009 4:56:26 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: humblegunner

You called it first, I believe....well almost...it was the attic...close enough.


33 posted on 10/15/2009 5:48:14 PM PDT by Neets (Go Yankees!!!)
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To: philled
Name a kid Falcon and he just assumes he should be able to fly...

My 5 year-old is not named Falcon and he still assumes he should be able to fly.

34 posted on 10/15/2009 5:55:21 PM PDT by wideminded
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To: Smogger
The boy just said on Wolf Blitzer that his parents did it for a show. Wolf doesn't seem to notice.
35 posted on 10/15/2009 6:53:41 PM PDT by Hilda
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