In The Desert
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Nov. 20th 2010
Colorado River Crossing, Yuma
Slideshow and Videos below.
This is the 20th annual Balloon Festival to be held here in Yuma, Arizona. If you've never seen a hot air balloon festival before, then this is something you don't want to miss. We got there early at 6:00 AM and by 8:15 all the hot air balloons had taken flight. We even got a chance to see one land right next to a housing development. These guys and gals are good!
Here's the slideshow, videos below.
The show unfolded in this sequence.
This first video is a combination of 3 videos taken at the festival. This should give you an idea of how things unfold and what the festival looks like. You should go in person, it's a very friendly and impressive sight.
We included this video so you could see how fast these balloons rise after being partially inflated by a fan. The hot air from the burner really makes them inflate fast..
Another look at a local happening in the desert.
Some quick facts about hot air balloons:
Volume: 77,000 cubic ft.
Envelope weighs 220 lbs.
Burner weighs 49 lbs.
Burners put out 2 million BTU's
Basket weighs 157 lbs.
Empty fuel tank weigh 49 lbs each.
Each tank holds 15 gallons of propane
With pilot weighs 791 lbs.