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Patriotic Hot Air Balloon

Jerry McElroy

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Warwick, RI - United States

So beautiful, congrats on your sale!

Roleystone, W. - Australia

good work

Brisbane, QL - Australia

Bright and lovely - congrats!!

Leeds - United Kingdom

Beautiful composition and reflection

Palm Desert, CA - United States

Awesome! Congrats!

Holden, MA - United States

Congrats on your sale Jerry! Very nice balance in the composition with the two largest balloons. Scenic and colorful :) Fav/Vote

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A wonderful image. Congratulations on your sale today...8/26/2013

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Overwhelming!!! Congratulations!

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Just fantastic!!

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Outstanding reflective hot air balloon image Jerry.. Fv

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A patriotic hot air balloon takes flight across a lake near Farmington, New Mexico.

The hot air balloon is the oldest successful human-carrying flight technology. It is part of a class of aircraft known as balloon aircraft. On November 21, 1783, in Annonay, France, the first untethered manned flight was performed by Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and François Laurent d'Arlandes in a hot air balloon created on December 14, 1782 by the Montgolfier brothers. Hot air balloons that can be propelled through the air rather than just being pushed along by the wind are known as airships or, more specifically, thermal airships.

A hot air balloon consists of a bag called the envelope that is capable of containing heated air. Suspended beneath is a gondola or wicker basket (in some long-distance or high-altitude balloons, a capsule), which carries passengers and (usually) a source of heat, in most cases an open flame. The heated air inside the envelope makes it buoyant since it has a lower density than the relatively cold air outside the envelope. As with all aircraft, hot air balloons cannot fly beyond the atmosphere. Unlike gas balloons, the envelope does not have to be sealed at the bottom since the air near the bottom of the envelope is at the same pressure as the air surrounding. For modern sport balloons the envelope is generally made from nylon fabric and the inlet of the balloon (closest to the burner flame) is made from fire resistant material such as Nomex. Beginning during the mid-1970s, balloon envelopes have been made in all kinds of shapes, such as rocket ships and the shapes of various commercial products, though the traditional shape remains popular for most non-commercial, and many commercial, applications.

Hot air balloon festivals are held annually in many places throughout the year, allowing hot air balloons to gather and participate in various activities. They can include races; evening "night glows", in which balloons are fired while remaining tetheted to the ground; and rides.


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