The first world hot air balloon championships were held at Albuquerque, New Mexico last week.?
The first world hot air balloon championships were held at Albuquerque, New Mexico last week. One hundred giant balloons from 15 different countries competed in the week long championship.
It was a test of skill and control rather than speed. One competition was to see how close a balloonist could bring down his balloon to one which had already landed. The three other events were profile flights in which balloonist tried to duplicate the flight paths inscribed for them on a barograph. The balloonist' actual flight was compared against the ideal flight path.
Dennis Floden, a 32 year-old balloonist form Flint, Michigan won the world title.
The balloons averaged 60 feet in height and 50 feet in diameter.
The only control the balloonist had over their craft was by raising it by heating the air with a propane burner, or lowering it by letting the air cool or letting out air.