Drive-by Photography: Emergency Ballon Landing

May 27, 2009 at 9:46 am 4 comments

IMG01833I had a unique experience over the weekend. While driving back from a fun evening out with the kids we espied a hot air ballon landing in a small field next to the highway. I made a quick exit and tracked back to the place where I saw it come down. It wasn’t too hard to find.

It turns out that it was a company that offers ballon rides in the northern Virgina area that was touching down with a basketful of tourists. What I found amazing was that the pilot was able to land the ballon in a 30′ by 50′ field that was boxed in by power lines, a busy highway, and a trailer park – an almost surgical operation.

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The part I found amusing was that after paying a hefty fee for the ride, the passengers had to help pack it all up – a lot of heave-ho.

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  • 1. ghphoto  |  May 27, 2009 at 10:02 am

    The last time I watched a hot air balloon land it was on fire and killed multiple passengers. This was in British Columbia almost two years ago. It wasn’t fun.

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  • 2. myphotoscout  |  May 27, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Wow. Kudos to the pilot for pulling off such an amazing stunt and kudos to you for tracking it down like this.

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  • 3. ReullyIoninee  |  December 13, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Sry for being OFF TOPIC but which Word Press theme are you using? Looks great.

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    • 4. briansrapier  |  December 14, 2009 at 8:24 am

      Blix by Sebastian Schmieg

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