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  • Timelapse: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta [HD video]

    11/18/2013 8:36:26 PM PST · by servo1969 · 7 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 10-28-2013 | RoadTrippers.com
    You've never seen hot air balloons like this before! A couple of weeks ago, Albuquerque, New Mexico held its 42nd annual International Balloon Fiesta. It's a 9-day event where over 700 balloons see liftoff. It's the largest hot air balloon festival in the entire world and we were on hand to capture the action. Turn the Volume up, HD on and enjoy this Balloon Fiesta Experience! *if you are capable of watching in a higher resolution than 1080p choose original as this film was finished in 4k* Beep.. Beep.. Beep.. The Alarm goes off at 4 am. Time to get...
  • Giant NASA Balloon Mission to See Comet ISON Suffers Telescope Glitch

    10/01/2013 8:55:16 PM PDT · by oxcart · 14 replies
    Space.com ^ | 09/30/13 | Leonard David
    An ambitious one-day mission to observe the potentially dazzling Comet ISON with a telescope dangling from a colossal NASA balloon this weekend has failed due to a mechanical glitch, NASA officials say. The mission, called the Balloon Rapid Response for ISON (BRRISON), lifted off from Fort Sumner, N.M., on Saturday (Sept. 28) in a bid to make telescope observations of Comet ISON — which some scientists have dubbed as a potential "comet of the century" if brightens on its way into the inner solar system. The telescope-toting balloon aimed to observe the comet from the Earth's upper atmosphere in infrared...
  • Donte Stallworth reportedly involved in hot air balloon accident

    03/16/2013 12:24:01 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    sbnation.com ^ | Mar 16 2013, 1:55p | By JP Starkeyon
    Stallworth is reportedly in stable condition, and suffered burns when the hot air balloon he was traveling in hit power lines. He was traveling in the hot air balloon with his girlfriend, and it's unknown whether or not she suffered any injuries as well. The New England Patriots signed Stallworth in 2012, but placed him on injured reserve after New England's Week 14 win over the Houston Texans. Stallworth suffered an ankle injury after hauling in a 63-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady, and unfortunately saw his season cut short as a result. The Patriots are believed to be interested...
  • Egypt Hot Air Balloon Crash Death Toll Rises to 19

    02/26/2013 6:35:36 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 7 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | February 26, 2013 | MAGGIE MICHAEL and HAGGAG SALAMA
    A hot air balloon flying over Egypt's ancient city of Luxor caught fire and crashed into a sugar cane field on Tuesday, killing at least 19 foreign tourists in one of the world's deadliest ballooning accidents and handing a new blow to Egypt's ailing tourism industry. The casualties included French, British, Belgian, Hungarian, Japanese nationals and nine tourists from Hong Kong, Luxor Governor Ezzat Saad told reporters. Three survivors — two British tourists and the Egyptian pilots — were taken to a local hospital, but one of the Britons later died of injuries.
  • Moment of Armenian concert balloon explosion caught on camera

    05/07/2012 1:29:25 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 15 replies
    youtube ^ | May 4, 2012 | telegraphtv
    More than 140 people were injured when gas-filled balloons exploded at a governing party campaign concert in the Armenian capital.
  • Balloon Pilot Edward Ristaino: "You Need To Get Out Now."

    03/20/2012 12:28:59 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 16 replies · 1+ views
    www.newser.com ^ | Mar 19, 2012 | By JEFF MARTIN and TOM BREEN
    As a fierce thunderstorm that seemed to come out of nowhere closed in, hot-air balloon pilot Edward Ristaino spotted an open field 4,000 feet below and calmly and tersely warned the five skydivers aboard the craft, "You need to get out now." He may have saved their lives, but he lost his own. With lightning spidering across the sky and the wind rocking their parachutes, the skydivers floated safely to the ground, while the balloon was sucked up into the clouds, then sent crashing to earth. Ristaino's body wasn't found until Monday, nearly three days later. "If we would...
  • Toronto teens launch Lego man into space (with video)

    01/27/2012 10:45:27 AM PST · by Razzz42 · 36 replies
    toronto.ctv.ca ^ | Wednesday Jan. 25, 2012 | Mathew Ho and Asad Muhammad
    A challenge usually left to NASA eggheads or PhD students was conquered by two Toronto teenagers earlier this month when Mathew Ho and Asad Muhammad sent a Lego-manned flight capsule into space. The two 17-year-old Agincourt Collegiate Institute students completed their year-long mission two weeks ago, successfully sending a balloon carrying a Lego man and a small Canadian flag out of earth's atmosphere. The unit was launched from a park near Ho's east-end home and ascended 80,000 feet before the balloon popped. The Lego man and his cargo fell safely to earth, with the help of a homemade parachute, where...
  • Palin Cheap-Shots a Good Reporter

    08/16/2011 5:55:33 PM PDT · by TomServo · 106 replies
    American Spectator Blog ^ | 08/15/11 | Quin Hillyer
    The press corps has a mild buzz going about a weekend contretemps ginned up, for publicity's sake, by Sarah Palin's camp, in her ongoing campaign to show how badly she is victimized by the media. The odd thing is that she has been victimized by the media, horribly so, and many of us (myself included, in several posts after the Gabby Giffords shooting) have rushed to her defense -- so she doesn't need to gin up controversies out of thin air. But that's exactly what she and her team did this past weekend.
  • N. Korea: From rice to toothpaste, items floated to North

    02/27/2011 7:28:14 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    JoongAng Daily ^ | 02/26/11 | Kim Su-jeong, Christine Kim
    From rice to toothpaste, items floated to North February 26, 2011 In addition to fliers, the South Korean military has been sending up necessities like medicine and clothes in giant balloons across the demilitarized zone into North Korea. The military has been flying more than 10,000 material goods over the border since early this month, according to a Ministry of National Defense report given to National Assembly lawmaker Representative Song Young-sun on Thursday. The goods in the airborne packages include instant rice, radios, toothpaste, toothbrushes, pens and erasers. The total cost of the operation is estimated to be 620 million...
  • Israeli Jet Downs Flying Object Near Nuclear Plant

    12/16/2010 9:58:25 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 37 replies
    AP via Times of India ^ | 12/17/2010 | AP via Times of India
    An Israeli warplane has shot down a "suspicious object" flying over the southern part of the Dead Sea, the military said, adding that the intruder appeared to have been a balloon. The country's main nuclear reactor is about 30 kilometres from the Dead Sea, at Dimona in the Negev desert. "Air force planes were scrambled after a suspicious object was seen," a military spokeswoman told AFP yesterday. "It was shot down." She did not elaborate. Local news site Ynet said one of the planes fired a missile at the object "which was hovering close to the nuclear research institute at...
  • The Attempts to Break a 50-Year-Old Free-Fall Record Continue

    05/19/2010 1:15:57 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies · 1,328+ views
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Jennifer Bogo
    As Joe Kittinger found out in 1960, it’s hard to jump from a height of 102,800 feet—let alone in an open gondola, in minus 100 F temperatures, wearing 160 pounds of equipment—and survive. As Michele Fournier reaffirmed this weekend on an airfield in Saskatchewan, it’s even more difficult to break that 50-year-old record for the highest free fall. The French parachutist attempted, for the fourth time, to rise to a height of 130,000 feet in a pressurized capsule dangling beneath a high-altitude air balloon, then step out of it and hurtle toward Earth at supersonic speed, breaking the sound barrier....
  • US military testing high-tech dirigibles in Utah

    04/14/2010 10:31:31 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 867+ views
    Associated Press Via Space War ^ | 4/15/2010 | Mike Stark
    The U.S. military has begun testing massive high-tech dirigibles — designed to provide battlefield commanders with a bird's-eye view of cruise missiles or other threats — in the skies over the Utah desert. An unmanned 242-foot-long balloon was launched Wednesday morning about 80 miles west of Salt Lake City. It stayed aloft for about three hours before it was pulled back down as planned, according to Paula Nicholson, a spokeswoman for Dugway Proving Ground. Vast tracts of military-owned desert were chosen for the testing because of their remoteness and resemblance to the mountainous, arid environment of Afghanistan, the military said...
  • Who needs a Space Shuttle? Amazing pictures of Earth captured by one man, a balloon and his camera

    03/25/2010 7:40:31 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies · 1,010+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | Mar. 25, 2010
    The unearthly beauty of this image taken high above the planet would make Nasa proud. But it didn't need millions of pounds of technology to capture. Just a little British ingenuity that saw a standard digital camera taped to a helium balloon and floated into the sky. Space enthusiast Robert Harrison managed to send his home-made contraption 22 miles - or 116,160 feet - above the earth's surface from his back garden.
  • Gettin' Down: Planned Record-Breaking Skydive This Year Will Include First Supersonic Free Fall

    01/23/2010 1:39:48 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 20 replies · 868+ views
    Scientific American ^ | 1/22/2010 | John Matson
    A privately funded team will attempt this year to break a 50-year-old record for the highest-altitude parachute jump, floating a balloon well into the stratosphere before its pilot leaps out for a supersonic free fall. The team behind the Red Bull Stratos mission announced details of the attempt here Friday morning in a media briefing. If all goes as planned, a towering helium balloon will loft Austrian-born skydiver and BASE jumper Felix Baumgartner, 40, roughly 37 kilometers into the air before he begins his descent. (BASE stands for "buildings, antennas, spans, Earth"—the places and structures from which a BASE parachutist...
  • Affidavit: Mom told deputies balloon saga was hoax

    10/23/2009 4:53:28 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 55 replies · 3,414+ views
    AP via Google ^ | October 23rd 2009 | DAN ELLIOTT (AP) Oct 24th
    DENVER — The mother of the 6-year-old boy once feared missing inside a runaway helium balloon admitted the whole saga was a hoax, according to court documents released Friday. Mayumi Heene told sheriff's deputies that she and her husband Richard "knew all along that Falcon was hiding in the residence" in Fort Collins, according to an affidavit used to get a search warrant for the home.
  • Sales of balloon-boy costumes take flight

    10/23/2009 2:43:57 PM PDT · by kingattax · 12 replies · 838+ views
    UPI ^ | Oct. 22, 2009
    SASKATOON, Saskatchewan, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- A Canadian company says its new "balloon-boy" costumes are practically flying off the shelves in the days leading to Halloween. Plantraco Microflight, based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, is selling the costumes online for $19.99 each, says the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. It didn't take much of a flight of fancy to dream up the idea after watching the helium-filled, flying-saucer look-alike take off from the yard of a house in Fort Collins, Colo., said Bud Kays, Plantraco Microflight's managing director. "It's a scale model of the balloon-boy's balloon," said Kays, speaking of 6-year-old Falcon Heene, who,...
  • "On the Good Ship Jiffy Pop"/"Up, Up on the Screen (In My Helium Balloon)"

    10/22/2009 7:24:49 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies · 361+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | October 22, 2009 | Charles Henrickson, the wag tailoring the doggerel
    UP, UP ON THE SCREEN (IN MY HELIUM BALLOON) Tune: "Up, Up and Away (In My Beautiful Balloon)" Original Would you like to hide in my helium balloon Would you ride untied in my helium balloon We'll be famous like the stars on TV, you and I For we can lie, we can lie Up, up on the screen In my helium, my helium balloon It's just a little game in my helium balloon It's fortune and it's fame in my helium balloon We can sign a deal and keep it real--no, we're not shy For we can lie, we...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 10-18-09 ("Up, Up on the Screen (In My Helium Balloon)")

    10/18/2009 7:11:00 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 52 replies · 1,403+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | October 18, 2009 | DUmmies and Charles Henrickson
    I know, I know, you're asking, "What about the Pitt wedding DUFU?" Well, before we get to the gasbag that got hitched, first we need to deal with a gasbag that got UN-hitched! I refer, of course, to the Balloon Boy saga, and the DUmmies' reaction to the story. But before we hear from the DUmmies, let's join the Heene Family Singers in singing one of their favorite Ballooney Tunes: UP, UP ON THE SCREEN (IN MY HELIUM BALLOON) Tune: "Up, Up and Away (In My Beautiful Balloon)" Original Would you like to hide in my helium balloon Would...
  • Colorado sheriff: Runaway balloon saga was hoax

    10/18/2009 10:38:33 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 40 replies · 2,493+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/18/09 | AP
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. – A sheriff says a Colorado couple's report that their 6-year-old son was in a balloon that was hurtling away from their home was a publicity stunt. Sheriff Jim Alderden says Richard and Mayumi Heene "put on a very good show for us, and we bought it." The sheriff says no charges have been filed yet, and the parents aren't under arrest. But he says he expects to recommend charges of conspiracy and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
  • Sheriff: Charges will be filed in balloon saga

    10/17/2009 7:19:32 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 75 replies · 3,508+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/17/09ap | Dan Elliott - ap
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. – A Colorado sheriff said he was pursuing criminal charges in the case of a 6-year-old boy who vanished into the rafters of his garage while the world thought he was zooming through the sky in a flying saucer-like helium balloon. The boy's parents, Richard and Mayumi Heene, met with Larimer County investigators for much of the afternoon, but Sheriff Jim Alderden didn't say who would be charged or what the charges would be. Alderden didn't call Thursday's hours-long drama a hoax, but he expressed disappointment that he couldn't level more serious charges in the incident, which...
  • Balloon boy family plans 'big announcement'

    10/17/2009 7:47:47 AM PDT · by jilliane · 107 replies · 4,069+ views
    Drudge ^ | 10-17-2009 | Drudge
    Balloon dad says he has something to day according to reports
  • Runaway Balloon Spotted Over Nation’s Capitol

    10/16/2009 6:38:08 PM PDT · by BobMcCartyWrites · 1 replies · 552+ views
    Bob McCarty Writes ^ | 10-16-09 | Bob McCarty
    For several hours Thursday afternoon, Americans were riveted to their television sets, having been told that a 6-year-old boy might be inside an accidentally-launched homemade balloon as it soared out of control across the skies of Colorado. Today, “news” of another runaway balloon spotted in the skies above Washington, D.C., is attracting much less concern. This cartoon, from my friend David Donar at Political Graffiti, tells the story.
  • Raw;Heene Family Home Video Shows Balloon Takeoff

    10/16/2009 12:41:51 PM PDT · by coon2000 · 82 replies · 2,854+ views
    As the homemade balloon took to the air, Richard Heene blasts wife about tethering. • While world worried, 'balloon boy' was safe in attic http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=7e7_1255709203
  • Balloon at center of Falcon Heene drama not your average hot air balloon

    10/16/2009 8:41:45 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 21 replies · 1,269+ views
    nydailynews ^ | October 16th 2009, 1 | Rosemary Black
    The homemade balloon contraption that soared through the air in eastern Colorado for several hours is vastly different from the giant hot air balloons that are seen at festivals and that are used for recreational purposes, experts say. Nearly all the giant balloons that drift and bob through the air are hot air balloons that are filled with air and fueled by propane, explains Howard Freeman, executive producer of the Quick Chek New jersey Festival of Ballooning in Reddington, New Jersey. As the air inside the balloon heats up to a temperature higher than the outside air, the balloon rises,...
  • Colorado cops mull probe of balloon-boy family over hoax suspicions

    10/16/2009 7:53:50 AM PDT · by GoldStandard · 51 replies · 1,609+ views
    The Vancouver Sun ^ | October 16, 2009 | Jorge Barrera
    Colorado authorities met Friday morning to discuss whether they should investigate suspicions a family that claimed their six-year-old boy was trapped in an experimental, saucer-shaped ballon set up the international spectacle. Colorado authorities chased the balloon for three hours, across several counties believing the boy was trapped inside, while television cameras followed the silver balloon's every dip and dive. When the balloon finally landed in a farmer's field about 80 kilometres southeast of the boy's home in Fort Collins, Colo., they found no child inside and speculation immediately began that he may have fallen out during the flight. But Falcon...
  • World Hails Obama’s Rescue of Balloon Boy

    10/16/2009 6:24:37 AM PDT · by Constitutionalist Conservative · 17 replies · 1,011+ views
    Scrappleface ^ | October 16, 2009 | Scott Ott
    Congratulatory messages poured into the White House this morning from global heads-of-state celebrating President Barack Obama’s dramatic rescue of a 6-year-old Colorado boy, whose apparent flight in an experimental balloon yesterday captivated viewers around the world. While the White House declined to comment on how the president could have flown to Colorado, retrieved the boy from the balloon, and returned him safely to the attic of his family home, press secretary Robert Gibbs said President Obama was “surprised and deeply humbled” by the international attention. He said the president views this latest round of global tribute as “a call to...
  • Balloon boy: hoax rumours as Falcon Heene says 'we did this for the show'

    10/16/2009 2:58:55 AM PDT · by GoldStandard · 37 replies · 2,102+ views
    The UK Telegraph ^ | 10/16/2009
    Speculation is mounting that the story of six-year-old American boy Falcon Heene who was feared to have floated away on a home-made weather balloon was a hoax organised by his family to gain publicity.
  • Balloon boy says "We did it for a show."

    10/15/2009 7:38:22 PM PDT · by Hilda · 96 replies · 4,120+ views
    He just said to his parents on Wolf Blitzer “You guys said we did it for a show.” Wolf didn’t seem to notice. Video at the link.
  • BREAKING: Saucer Boy safe, at home!

    10/15/2009 3:10:52 PM PDT · by DGHoodini · 48 replies · 3,730+ views
    KUSA | 10/15/09 | DGHoodini
    KUSA is reporting boy is safe at home. Will try and track down a link.
  • Boy in the Balloon Appeared on 'Wife Swap

    10/15/2009 1:44:27 PM PDT · by Smogger · 34 replies · 2,535+ views
    TMZ.COM ^ | Oct 15th 2009 2:40PM | TMZ Staff
    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.
  • Fort Collins boy in loose aircraft (6 yr old boy found hiding at home not in balloon)

    10/15/2009 11:45:55 AM PDT · by Arec Barrwin · 1,767 replies · 105,796+ views
    Denver Post ^ | October 15, 2009 | Kieran Nicholson
    Rescuers are tracking and chasing a "homemade flying saucer" that is in flight with a 6-year-old, by himself, on board. The incident started this morning in Fort Collins when the boy got into the balloon-like device, which was built by an adult, and it came loose from a tether, according to the Larimer County Sheriff's Office. The contraption could rise as high as 10,000 feet, the sheriff's office said. The home-made flying saucer was last seen in flight over Weld County. The sheriff's office is working the Federal Aviation Administration to determine how to best get the boy down. The...
  • CHECK, PLEASE!

    05/04/2009 11:09:41 PM PDT · by JLS · 6 replies · 685+ views
    National Review and Steynonline ^ | 5 May 2009 | Mark Steyn
    CHECK, PLEASE! Steyn on the World Tuesday, 05 May 2009 HAPPY WARRIOR from National Review At the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, they’re premiering a new ballet about a young French boy who’s befriended by a giant helium-filled balloon. Any balletomanes at the US embassy might be forgiven for assuming it to be some hastily concocted metaphor to Euro-American harmony in the Age of Obama: a lithe young Continental prancing around the stage enraptured by his dazzling bag of gas. But, as it happens, The Red Balloon is an adaptation of some fey French movie from the Fifties, when...
  • Caught On Tape: Balloon or UFO?[Louisiana]

    10/29/2008 7:08:39 AM PDT · by BGHater · 31 replies · 1,184+ views
    KSLA ^ | 27 Oct 2008 | Jeff Ferrell
    Caught on tape: A mysterious object recently filmed above Shreveport's Downtown Airport. But, there's debate tonight whether it's a UFO or just a big balloon. The video of the mysterious object came to us from local flight instructor Kevin Morris. He told us a fellow pilot, Charles Corder, captured the images back on Thursday, October 9th at 10:30 in morning, while using his home video camera. We slowed down the video to get a better view and remove much of the shaking. Morris said he's been told it hovered about 10-thousand feet in the air and appeared about 80-feet long....
  • Brits seem very impressed with Gov Palin!

    09/04/2008 7:11:23 AM PDT · by housedeep · 28 replies · 177+ views
    The Sun UK ^ | sept 2008 | housedeep
    Has any one else noticed the responses this morning from across the pond? Wow, she has really struck a chord.
  • California Targets New Menace: Helium-Filled Foil Balloons

    07/15/2008 1:50:31 PM PDT · by MissouriConservative · 83 replies · 314+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 15, 2008 | AMY KAUFMAN
    California state Sen. Jack Scott says he didn't intend to "be a party pooper." It's just that helium-filled foil balloons -- like those found at hospital gift shops and office parties -- are dangerous. They float into electric lines and cause power outages, more than 800 in California last year, utilities say. He drafted a bill to ban foil balloons; it sailed through the state Senate and now awaits a vote in the Assembly. ***** The pro-balloon people are hoping that even if the bill does pass, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will veto it. At a recent news conference, the governor...
  • Body in Atlantic could be missing balloon priest

    07/09/2008 10:23:45 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 13 replies · 129+ views
    ABC ^ | Jul 8, 2008 | Nick Olloe
    Brazilian officials are examining a body which was found floating in the Atlantic Ocean, amid fears that it is the Brazilian priest who went missing after taking off under a raft of party balloons in April. Father Adelir de Carli was blown out to sea when trying to set a record for flying with hundreds of helium-filled balloons. Workers on a tugboat operated by Brazil's state run oil company Petrobras discovered the body about 100 kilometres out to sea at the weekend. Authorities say that pieces of fabric found with the body are consistent with the clothes Fr Carli was...
  • Balloon blows away free fall record bid

    05/27/2008 6:31:49 AM PDT · by dayglored · 31 replies · 147+ views
    CNN.com ^ | 2008-05-27 | (none)
    (CNN) -- French skydiver Michel Fournier's bid for a record-breaking parachute jump from Earth's stratosphere was aborted Tuesday when the balloon that was to carry him into the far reaches of the sky slipped away from his flight crew. The former paratrooper had hoped to set new records for the highest jump, fastest free fall, longest free fall and the highest altitude reached by a man in a balloon. But those hopes drifted away over the plains of Saskatchewan when the balloon escaped. Still clad in his bright yellow pressure suit, the visibly frustrated Fournier waved away cameras after his...
  • Japanese Balloon Bombs: A Forgotten History

    05/04/2008 9:12:11 AM PDT · by blam · 14 replies · 238+ views
    KTVZ ^ | 5-2-2008 | Christian Boris
    Japanese balloon bombs: A forgotten history Posted: May 2, 2008 10:47 PM CDT Balloon bombs, sent aloft by Japanese during WWII, reached West Coast, and one proved deadly With hundreds never recovered, still a rare chance of risky encounter By Christian Boris, KTVZ.COM In 1944 and 1945, the Japanese military launched bomb-carrying balloons to strike the American homeland. Many balloons landed in Oregon, including one that killed six people in Klamath County. On May 5, 1945, a group of Sunday school students encountered a balloon bomb snagged in a tree near Bly in Klamath County. Thirteen-year-old Joan Patzke attempted to...
  • Priest missing on [party] balloon flight

    04/22/2008 6:24:04 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 15 replies · 262+ views
    news.bbc.co.uk ^ | 04/22/2008 | Staff
    A Roman Catholic priest who used 1,000 helium balloons to try to break a flying record has gone missing off the southern coast of Brazil. Rev Adelir de Carli lifted off from the port city of Paranagua on Sunday, equipped with a parachute, thermal suit, satellite phone and a GPS device. A sea and air rescue operation is under way after he lost contact with port authority officials late on Sunday. He wanted to break a 19-hour record for the most hours flying with balloons. As well as his GPS and satellite phone, Rev Carli was equipped with a buoyant...
  • Engagement Ring Gone With the Wind

    03/14/2008 7:08:09 PM PDT · by Westlander · 17 replies · 581+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3-14-2008 | Peter Apps
    Hajji, of Hackney, east London, had concealed a 6,000-pound engagement ring inside a helium balloon. The idea was that she would pop the balloon as he popped the question. But as he left the shop, a gust of wind pulled the balloon from his hand and he watched the ring -- and quite possibly the affections of his girlfriend -- sailing away over the rooftops.
  • Police: 1 Dead in NM Balloon Accident

    10/08/2007 1:28:50 PM PDT · by woofie · 4 replies · 919+ views
    AP ^ | 10/8/07 | SUE MAJOR HOLMES
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The basket of a hot air balloon tipped after the craft got stuck, sending a woman on a 60- to 70-foot fall to her death Monday, state police said. The balloon snagged a fiber-optic line running above a power line about 8 a.m. during an annual balloon festival. The pilot threw down a tether to a pickup truck on the ground to reel the balloon down and free it, state police spokesman Andrew Tingwall said. But the tether broke, and the balloon flew back up, causing its gondola to tip and the woman to fall to...
  • Police: 1 dead in NM balloon accident

    10/08/2007 10:53:49 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 1,558+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/8/07 | Sue Major Holmes - ap
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The basket of a hot air balloon tipped after the craft got stuck, sending a female passenger on a 60- to 70-foot fall to her death Monday, state police said. The balloon snagged a fiberoptic line running above a power line about 8 a.m. during an annual balloon festival. The pilot threw down a tether to a pickup truck on the ground to reel the balloon down and free it, state police spokesman Andrew Tingwall said. But the tether broke, and the balloon flew back up, causing its gondola to tip and the woman to fall to...
  • Horror in the Sky: Burned Alive in Balloon Tragedy

    08/26/2007 8:00:13 PM PDT · by Calpernia · 19 replies · 1,643+ views
    1010wins ^ | Sunday, 26 August 2007
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (1010 WINS) -- A hot air balloon burst into flames over western Canada, burning a woman and her adult daughter to death while their families looked on, officials said Saturday. Other passengers leaped to the ground, some with their clothes in flames, witnesses said. Eleven passengers were seriously injured when the balloon crashed Friday evening in a recreational vehicle park near the U.S border in Surrey, British Columbia, a suburb of Vancouver. There were 12 passengers and a pilot on board, police and witnesses said. John Kageorge, who works for Fantasy Balloon Charters, said the fire started...
  • Hot air balloon catches fire in Canada (2 dead, 11 injured)

    08/25/2007 10:03:52 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 57 replies · 1,451+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/25/07 | Jeremy Hainsworth - ap
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia - A hot air balloon caught fire over western Canada, forcing screaming passengers to leap to the ground, some with their clothes in flames, witnesses said. Two people died and 11 were seriously injured, police said Saturday. There were 12 passengers and a pilot on board when the balloon crashed Friday evening in a recreational vehicle park in Surrey, British Columbia, a suburb of Vancouver, police and witnesses said. All but two of the people on the balloon were initially located and taken to area hospitals with serious but non-life threatening injuries, police said. Royal Canadian Mounted...
  • Crowds Amused by Naked Balloon Sculpture [what is art?]

    05/10/2007 3:11:11 PM PDT · by verum ago · 11 replies · 687+ views
    AP via MyWay News ^ | 5/10/07 | Colleen Barry
    MILAN, Italy (AP) - It would take one very large fig leaf to restore modesty to Milan's main park after the installation of a 70-foot floating sculpture of a naked man. The balloon self-portrait by Polish artist Pawel Althamer has been hovering outside the Renaissance Palazzina Appiani in Parco Sempione since Monday, drawing second takes, amused looks and some reprobation about exposing children to nudity. [snip] "This wouldn't fly in the U.S.," observed 31-year-old American Adriana Spatafora, an English language teacher passing by.
  • Hot air balloon is shaped like Darth Vader's helmet

    04/28/2007 7:51:43 PM PDT · by JohnSheppard · 6 replies · 406+ views
    Cnet / Crave ^ | 04/24/2007
    I just came across this link to what must one of the more extreme forms of Star Wars fandom to extrude itself onto the Internet in recent memory: A hot air balloon in the shape of Darth Vader's helmet. (Via SciFi Tech and Boing Boing.) It was created by a mad Belgian inventor named Benoit Lambert, who, according to StarWars.com, received permission from Lucasfilm to build the balloon as long as it was used for non-commercial activities. It can carry two passengers and a pilot. There's no indication of when Lambert will build a lighter-than-air Death Star. That's all fine,...
  • Hot-air balloon fest in Albuquerque - 35th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

    10/05/2006 9:12:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 433+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/5/06 | Melanie Dabovich - ap
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - For the next 10 days, the skies above Albuquerque will be filled with floating color as hundreds of balloons are launched as part of the city's annual International Balloon Fiesta. This year's events at the park will feature balloon glows, flying competitions, live music, a wine festival, wood carving competitions and a breakfast burrito eating contest — complete with the state's infamous green chili. But the main draw still remains the mass ascensions — the liftoffs of hundreds of balloons each morning from the park. Thousands of fiesta visitors can interact with balloon pilots and crews on...
  • The Extraordinary Nazca Prehistoric Balloon

    08/20/2006 2:15:39 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies · 552+ views
    Airship dot com (this domain for sale) ^ | before Nov 2004 | Julian Nott and Jim Woodman
    Julian Nott and Jim Woodman tested their theory that manned smoke balloons of cotton and reed not only controlled these designs but may also have been used for ceremonial/religious festivals in which important members of the society who had died were transported on a ritualistic journey to the sun, the god they worshipped... "To our surprise," says Nott, "the quality of the smoke was crucial. Modern historians--laughing at the Montgolfiers, who believed that what was being burned to heat the balloon was important--claim that all that mattered was the heat. However, this balloon showed that it is essential to have...
  • Bigelow says inflatable spacecraft beams back images

    07/13/2006 8:09:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 931+ views
    ap on San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 7/13/06 | Alicia Chang - ap
    LOS ANGELES – An unmanned, inflatable spacecraft launched by a Las Vegas real estate mogul on Thursday beamed back the first images since it slipped into orbit and expanded itself. Genesis I sent back several photos taken by its dozen cameras showing sections of the craft, according to its builder Bigelow Aerospace. The company declined to publicly release the images. The experimental spacecraft rocketed into space Wednesday from Russia on a mission to test technology that could be used to build an inflatable commercial space station. Genesis I was healthy with functional onboard computers, solar panels, battery power and pressure...
  • Unexpected warming in Antarctica (new atmospheric measurements)

    03/31/2006 8:24:12 AM PST · by cogitator · 24 replies · 610+ views
    BBC News ^ | 01/31/2006 | Jonathan Fildes
    Winter air temperatures over Antarctica have risen by more than 2C in the last 30 years, a new study shows.Research published in the US journal Science says the warming is seen across the whole of the continent and much of the Southern Ocean. The study questions the reliability of current climate models that fail to simulate the temperature rise. In addition, the scientists from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) say the cause of the warming is not clear. It could be linked to increases in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere or natural variations in Antarctica's climate system. Scientists are keen...