Pilatre De Rozier, a scientist, was the first man to fly in the sky with a hot air balloon on September 19, 1783. His hot air balloon was named ‘Aerostat Reveillion’. Then in 1785, Rozier was killed in his attempt by crossing the English Channel. His balloon exploded a half hour after takeoff because of experimenting hydrogen balloon and hot air balloon tied together.
There will be a hot air balloon festival on August 8-10 at the Kansas Speedway sponsored by the U.S. Bank Midwest. It will have food vendors, a barbecue contest, carnival and a children’s event. This festival will have over 50 hot air balloons. There will be tethered balloon rides only for $10 per person, which will be great for children to experience. There will also be an untethered balloon ride with a licensed pilot for a much higher price. For more information, visit http://midwestballoonfest.org/
ABOUT HOT AIR BALLOONS
Flying a hot air balloon takes many skills, but the controls are easy. When you are lifting up the balloon, the propane valve will open up. First, a person needs to find a launching ground. It has to be somewhere wide open, with enough space for the hot air balloon. Once an individual finds a launching point, they can lay out the balloon. After that, the crew will inflate it by using a powerful fan.
Once the crew fills it up with air, they blast a burner flame in the envelope mouth. This will make the balloon inflate and lift it off the ground. This process only takes about 10 to 15 minutes. The faster the wind blows, the faster the hot air balloon goes. When they are ready to land, they find a perfect landing point. Once again, it has to be somewhere that has tons of space for the hot air balloon. The crew will have a ground tarp ready, which will help protect the balloon from ripping.