Featured in the American Southwest Group 2/27/11
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Airabelle has been one of the most popular hot air balloons at balloon fiesta, since it is 120 foot long and 82 foot tall it can be seen for miles. With a little imagination try picturing trying to land an object that large in an area anywhere in the metro area of Albuquerque, it is a monumental task, now add another 90 other balloons in the special shapes catagory and you can see the logistics involved, years ago when the Balloon Fiesta park was made there was a ( greater choices ) in landing places, so effectively the fiesta was reduced from 900 balloons to five hundred. Are you Having difficulty imagining seven 10 to 15 foot long automobiles parked bumper to bumper with a craft 82 foot tall. these pilots are FFA certified, Without a steering wheel or engine ! it is a monumental task ! Albuquerque, New Mexico USA. Balloon Fiesta 2010, Camera Olympus E-510, with 70 to 300 D lens, At 80 mm D, mornings first Sunlight, delayed due to clouded skies !And suddenly the Challenge comes along with requirements of Earth, the people and the balloon stand on, Wind, brings the clouds above and around us, the cause of the delay must be under 12 MPH. it is ! Water the clouds bring us, or carry on thru to other places, and fire heats up the interior of the balloon envelope in launch preparation ! oh yes the event was most successful ! Enjoyed by all. and the talk is "Can’t Wait until Next Year ! " 2011 !