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9/11? We are going flying!
The US Flag Balloon ^ | 9/9/02 | me

Posted on 09/09/2002 9:02:09 PM PDT by abner

9/11? We are going flying.

The US Flag Balloon will be flying on September 11th 2002. We will be flying from Kerr Park in Downingtown, Pa in the early evening weather permitting. I invite all Chester County, Pa FReepers to come out and join us. Any other FReepers are also welcome to join in.

We had wanted to be at one of the sites that the terrorists hit, but I think that what we have decided to do is probably for the best.

We have had one year to mourn the dead. We are flying the US Flag Balloon on 9/11 in defiance of the terrorists.

I still choke up when I see footage from the attacks. I probably always will. I read stories about the event, or from survivors. I've collected every photo I could off of the net, so I can have my own archive of that horrific day before political correctness erases it completely.

We will be flying the flag on September 11th for many reasons. Only one of those reasons is to memorialize. We will be flying on 9/11 to show the terrorists that they have not won anything. We will be flying to let them know that we Americans are about to kick some Islamist rear. We will be flying the flag to show the world that they attacked the wrong country and that there are consequences.

In our travels this summer with the balloon, I got to see the opinion of real Americans. If you listen to the media, you would think that we have grown tired of the war on terror, and of the flag. That the surge in patriotism is dead, and that we have all gone back to sleep.

The media is wrong.

Every place that we had the flag, crowds gathered. When we were in NJ, there were 80 balloons. Most of the crowd was in front of our balloon. The cheers when we took off were indescribable. So many people came to me afterwards to tell me that they were crying and cheering at the same time. People go out of their way to talk to us about the balloon, our matching vehicles and they thank us for just doing this project. Then,(insert evil laugh here) we hand them a Constitution and tell them that because of the document in their hand, we are able to do this project... and it is the reason that they can do what they do.


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Join us in Kerr Park in Downingtown, Pennsylvania if you can. We will be taking off at about 6:15-6:30 PM on September 11th, 2002. Details can be found at our web site: usflagballoon.com

If you would like to attend, send me an email from the website.

Abner

1 posted on 09/09/2002 9:02:09 PM PDT by abner
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To: RaceBannon; Taxman; LurkerNoMore!; Physicist; Wife of D28Man; Samizdat; Doctor Raoul; ReaganGirl; ..
Ping!
2 posted on 09/09/2002 9:06:55 PM PDT by abner
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To: abner
Godspeed, and enjoy!
3 posted on 09/09/2002 9:08:09 PM PDT by NautiNurse
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To: NautiNurse
Thank you.
4 posted on 09/09/2002 9:10:13 PM PDT by abner
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To: abner; tomkat
I hope you and Mr. Abner have a wonderful flight. God bless you.

I wish I could get away, but maybe tomkat can make it.

5 posted on 09/09/2002 9:10:40 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn; tomkat
I always say, "The more the merrier!"

This thing is heavy! 550 pounds heavy... But definitely worth the hard work.

6 posted on 09/09/2002 9:13:35 PM PDT by abner
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To: abner
Have a grate time!

Fantaztic you are able to do this on 9-11... another in-your-face to the cowardly terrorists.

Good job.

7 posted on 09/09/2002 9:13:47 PM PDT by Syncro
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To: abner
This thing is heavy! 550 pounds heavy...

How much does it weight when it is in the air?

*ducking*...LOL

8 posted on 09/09/2002 9:15:26 PM PDT by Syncro
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To: The Shrew; diotima; Bob J; DoughtyOne; RightOnline; MinuteGal; Skeet
Pingy...
9 posted on 09/09/2002 9:15:38 PM PDT by abner
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To: abner
Good for you guys.
10 posted on 09/09/2002 9:16:12 PM PDT by Fred Mertz
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To: Syncro
LOL!

For some reason it seems lighter in the air..(remember my hair).. Tee hee!

11 posted on 09/09/2002 9:16:44 PM PDT by abner
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To: Fred Mertz
We are only several hours from you.

I promise not to post your pic..

12 posted on 09/09/2002 9:17:42 PM PDT by abner
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To: abner; Bitwhacker; Neets; Dog
I do wish I were close enough to get there ..... one day I'm going to see that balloon. You'll just have to bring it to NC .... :-)
13 posted on 09/09/2002 9:20:11 PM PDT by kayak
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To: abner; dirtboy
I drove through your state today. 78 to 81 to 76 to 70 westbound.
14 posted on 09/09/2002 9:20:46 PM PDT by Fred Mertz
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To: kayak
You'll just have to bring it to NC .... :-)

Guess what.... You are in luck.... We will be in Statesville Sept. 20-22nd. I just had it firmed up today... I plan to do a separate thread tomorrow or Wednesday...

15 posted on 09/09/2002 9:22:32 PM PDT by abner
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To: Fred Mertz
78 to 81 to 76 to 70 westbound.

I can never remember what the roads are... Did you go through Chester County? If you went through Chester County and didn't stop, I don't know if I can forgive that. ;-)

16 posted on 09/09/2002 9:25:27 PM PDT by abner
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To: abner
WOOOHOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm so glad you told me ...... we'll try to get there!!!!

17 posted on 09/09/2002 9:26:01 PM PDT by kayak
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To: abner
Awesome!
18 posted on 09/09/2002 9:26:23 PM PDT by catfur
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To: kayak

Imagine waking up to that next to your window... That is what happened in Flag City, Ohio. We flew over a neighborhood and landed in a cul-de-sac. Everyone came out of their houses totally astonished. But, we had lots of help packing it up.

19 posted on 09/09/2002 9:29:30 PM PDT by abner
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To: kayak
we'll try to get there!!!!

FANTASTIC!!!!

Dixie Sass and Taxman will be there for sure... Could be a FReeper get together!

20 posted on 09/09/2002 9:31:00 PM PDT by abner
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To: abner
LOL! It would be awesome to wake up with that outside my window! Shall I send you my address? I live on a cul-de-sac, too ....... *grins*

I'll have to check our schedule with hubby tomorrow (he's gone to bed with a virus) but I sure hope we can get there. Do you know if the others will be there the whole weekend or just one day?

21 posted on 09/09/2002 9:35:54 PM PDT by kayak
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To: abner
Freepers united wish you smooth sailing o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Leni

22 posted on 09/09/2002 9:37:05 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: abner
What a great balloon! That is unique for a hot air balloon! Good for you bump!
23 posted on 09/09/2002 9:38:45 PM PDT by ladyinred
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To: abner
BTTT Dear Abner, your flag balloon is a patriotic wonder! I never cease to be amazed by the incredible FReepers her3 and their projects. If you ever get to the Pacific Norhtwest, please let me know - the Puget Sound FReepers will be out in force for you! :)
Balloon BUMP

24 posted on 09/09/2002 9:38:46 PM PDT by Libertina
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To: kayak
Dixie and Taxman will be doing the weekend. We will be staying at the historic Vance Hotel. Taxman is becoming a bit of a groupie.. LOL! We love him. He came out to the first press flight, and hung out with us in NJ. He is great crew!
25 posted on 09/09/2002 9:40:22 PM PDT by abner
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To: MinuteGal
Thanks Leni.
26 posted on 09/09/2002 9:41:19 PM PDT by abner
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To: ladyinred
That is unique for a hot air balloon!

Actually, it is the largest free flying flag(of any country) in the world. I expect we will be in the Guiness Book next year.

There were two other flying flag hot air balloons, both were smaller and both are now retired.

One was the Canadian flag, and the other was the Belgian flag.

27 posted on 09/09/2002 9:43:23 PM PDT by abner
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To: Libertina
If you ever get to the Pacific Norhtwest, please let me know

Will do. I really want to get out west with it sometime. So far, the farthest we have been is Ohio.

28 posted on 09/09/2002 9:45:20 PM PDT by abner
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To: kristinn; abner
thanks for the ping - just saw it on the way to bed.

think we've decided on shanksville for wednesday.
will post pics/writeup wed. night or thursday.

'sides, if i'm around that balloon, i want a ride !


29 posted on 09/09/2002 9:49:24 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: abner
If you ever come out West you could join us on a Friday nite Freep the peaceniks in Fresno. That would give the people of Fresno something to talk about. It would definitely get you and your message on the local news.

You could do a lift off next to Woodward park where we had our last picnic. I'm sure that Jim Robinson would be honored to have a ride.

30 posted on 09/09/2002 9:52:19 PM PDT by notpoliticallycorewrecked
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To: tomkat
'sides, if i'm around that balloon, i want a ride !

When we don't have sponsors, I give FReepers first shot at rides...

Wednesday we don't have sponsors. We are just flying.

Stay safe in Shanksville.

31 posted on 09/09/2002 9:56:13 PM PDT by abner
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To: notpoliticallycorewrecked
If you ever come out West you could join us on a Friday nite Freep the peaceniks in Fresno.

Weather and space permitting, we could probably arrange something. We need a minimum of 200 feet x 200 feet just to set up.

32 posted on 09/09/2002 9:58:00 PM PDT by abner
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To: abner
They have hot air balloon events in Fresno and Clovis from time to time. My husband assisted with the launching of one as a assignment for our BSA troop assisting with a community event. As the pilot was ready to launch, he requested that my hubby climb aboard. He wasn't expecting to be invited to come along, but only took a second to recover and jump aboard for the flight.

It is facinating to watch you unfold and prepare those huge balloons for flight. The field that I was thinking of has ample room for the launching of one balloon. But there are numerous areas available of undeveloped land in north Fresno for you to chose from if that one doesn't measure up.

33 posted on 09/10/2002 1:43:36 AM PDT by notpoliticallycorewrecked
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To: abner; kdf1; AMERIKA; Lancey Howard; MudPuppy; SMEDLEYBUTLER; opbuzz; Snow Bunny; gitmogrunt; ...
If you guys havent seen this balloon, I highly reccomend it!! It is truely awsome!!
34 posted on 09/10/2002 2:57:45 AM PDT by RaceBannon
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To: RaceBannon; abner
FANTASTIC !!!!!

I love this !

Thank you for the ping to this and the thread about it. Wishes and prayers for a great day dear friends.

35 posted on 09/10/2002 3:37:11 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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36 posted on 09/10/2002 3:44:09 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: abner; Snow Bunny


37 posted on 09/10/2002 4:23:29 AM PDT by RaceBannon
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To: abner
hope you make it near me someday ... good luck, have fun!
38 posted on 09/10/2002 4:49:59 AM PDT by fnord
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To: abner
Sounds like fun. Please post directions for those within driving distance of the NC event.

The Flag Balloon looks fantastic in the pictures; I'm sure, up close, it's AWESOME.
39 posted on 09/10/2002 6:25:25 AM PDT by Angelwood
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To: JohnHuang2
Thanks for the heads up!
40 posted on 09/10/2002 6:39:09 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: abner
Way to go!

I've done that over the Arizona desert....it's awsome!
41 posted on 09/10/2002 6:41:42 AM PDT by TRY ONE
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To: abner
"People go out of their way to talk to us about the balloon, our matching vehicles and they thank us for just doing this project."

Matching vehicles, you say?! I bet'cha those look purty kewl as well...any pics?!

Thanks fer doin' what you do, Abner...MUD

42 posted on 09/10/2002 6:47:53 AM PDT by Mudboy Slim
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To: RaceBannon
Great Picture
43 posted on 09/10/2002 6:48:15 AM PDT by Dubya
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To: Mudboy Slim

The truck and trailer. Did anyone see a balloon around here?

The car and some Civil Air Patrol people. People love this car. I don't know how many photos I've taken of people that had to have their pic taken with this car.

44 posted on 09/10/2002 7:05:44 AM PDT by abner
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To: notpoliticallycorewrecked
The field that I was thinking of has ample room for the launching of one balloon. But there are numerous areas available of undeveloped land in north Fresno for you to chose from if that one doesn't measure up

We need the 200'x 200' because if there is any wind, we need to be able to 'wave' around without endangering ourselves or the balloon.

I do want to get to Ca sometime though.

45 posted on 09/10/2002 7:08:00 AM PDT by abner
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To: RaceBannon; All
Race & I managed to find the balloon one evening without radios, telephones, maps etc. I was impressed.
46 posted on 09/10/2002 7:09:25 AM PDT by abner
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To: Snow Bunny; A Navy Vet
Snow Bunny- Maybe you will see us on Veteran's Day.

My fingers are crossed...

47 posted on 09/10/2002 7:10:24 AM PDT by abner
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To: Angelwood
Please post directions for those within driving distance of the NC event.

I will be putting up a separate thread for the NC event.

The Flag Balloon looks fantastic in the pictures; I'm sure, up close, it's AWESOME.

That would be the UNDERSTATEMENT of the year.

48 posted on 09/10/2002 7:11:32 AM PDT by abner
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To: RaceBannon

Race can come out and help ANY DAY!

49 posted on 09/10/2002 7:20:14 AM PDT by abner
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To: abner
Very cool...does Ford or Chevy offer that paintjob as part of their standard package yet?!

I might just have to git me one of those...MUD

50 posted on 09/10/2002 7:32:36 AM PDT by Mudboy Slim
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