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Photos From A Hot Air Balloon Tour  
User currently offlineA346Dude From Canada, joined Nov 2004, 1296 posts, RR: 7
Posted (8 years 5 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1375 times:

This summer, I had the opportunity to crew on a hot air balloon tour for three weeks. The Brother Colour Tour consists of 3 balloons - one red (mine!), one yellow, and one blue - which are flying across cities in Ontario and Quebec to promote Brother printers. As crew member, my job was to assist with set up and inflation of the balloon, drive the chase van to a suitable landing field (and, if possible, be on the field before touch down), and then pack everything back up.

Here are a few photos from a morning flight over Montreal, taken by a passenger:

Planning the launch field and general direction of flight


Cruising over the intersection of the A-15 and A-20


Flying low over Nun's Island (Ile des Soeurs)


Approaching the Champlain Bridge


Looking back on the city from up high


At 5,000 feet to catch some faster winds


Blue and yellow chase, as seen from the air


For those in Ontario and Quebec, keep your eyes peeled for these balloons, as the tour runs until mid-September. Hope you enjoyed the photos!

A346Dude


You know the gear is up and locked when it takes full throttle to taxi to the terminal.
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User currently offlineQueso From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1346 times:

That looks like so much fun! I would love to try that some time!

I understand there are a lot of variables such as the ambient air temp and passenger load but how long is one of those balloons able to stay aloft?


User currently offlineCaptaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 55
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1327 times:

Hey Dustin, thanks for sharing that! Looks like you actually managed to get a decent, fun summer job!


"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster
User currently offlineFumanchewd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1325 times:

I would like to get my lighter than air add-on someday.

I had an opportunity to fly one of the Goodyear Blimps and logged 45 minutes. It was awesome. There is something to be said for being at the mercy of the winds, which is also why soaring is so cool.


User currently offlineCurtisMan From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1002 posts, RR: 50
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1321 times:

Great shots! Thanks for sharing.

Of course those pics of my hometown (Montreal) make them extra special.


Cheers!
Len



Citizen of the World
User currently offlineA346Dude From Canada, joined Nov 2004, 1296 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1310 times:

Thanks guys.

Quoting Captaingomes (Reply 2):
Hey Dustin, thanks for sharing that! Looks like you actually managed to get a decent, fun summer job!

Yep, told ya.  Wink

Quoting Queso (Reply 1):
I understand there are a lot of variables such as the ambient air temp and passenger load but how long is one of those balloons able to stay aloft?

A balloon like these could stay up for 1.5 to 2 hours, given a moderate temperature and 2 or 3 people. That's on 4 propane tanks, which (if I remember correctly) are 10 gallons each. Then there are those who go for long distance balloon flights, carrying as many propane tanks as can fit in the basket (often tying several around the outside of the basket). Those last a very long time, sometimes approaching a full day.



You know the gear is up and locked when it takes full throttle to taxi to the terminal.
User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31702 posts, RR: 56
Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1270 times:

WOW.
Great Pics.

regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineLY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1242 times:

Cool pics Dustin! But come on, admit it, the balloons are just an excuse not to have to drive on Montreal's highways, aren't they?  Silly

If there's another Montreal trip, we're definitely ballooning it, driving is for suckers!

ERTW!


Alex.



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