Balloon Race

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by SouthernMoss, Oct 31, 2007.

  1. SouthernMoss

    SouthernMoss *Admin Tech Staff*

    Jan 1, 2003
    SW MS
    Thought y’all might like to see some pics from this year’s Great Mississippi River Balloon Race.

    The Saturday morning flight took them right over our neighborhood. Nothing like stepping outside to see dozens of balloons in the sky.

    A special favorite of ours is the POW balloon in the second pic; a good friend of ours (Vietnam vet) volunteers for the ground crew each year.

    The third pic is a balloon that flew straight over our house; you can see our roof in the pic.

    The fourth pic is looking straight up into a balloon that flew directly over our heads.

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  2. durk

    durk Active Member

    Sep 19, 2006
    Cool Stuff!

  3. SouthernMoss

    SouthernMoss *Admin Tech Staff*

    Jan 1, 2003
    SW MS
    The Saturday afternoon flight is always a favorite. They put a barge with a target in the middle of the river. The balloons must fly directly over the barge and drop a bean bag onto the target. The bean bag has a ribbon attached so the crowd can watch it as it falls. We were standing on the bluffs on the MS (high) side of the river, so we were actually above the balloons once they dipped down. They were coming from downriver on the LA (low) side, and would float along the surface of the water for a bit before pouring on the burner to lift themselves up over the bluffs. (Sorry for the lens flare on a couple of the pics; it was late afternoon so the sun was low in the sky.)

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  4. Very cool. Much more interesting to see them manuever close to the ground. Always wanted to jump out of a Balloon when I was younger. Or the Goodyear Blimp....
  5. SoMo, is it really true that this year all the balloons were politician powered? I mean, after all, that hot air shouldn't be allowed to go to waste! ;)

    Great pics, by the way. Thanks for posting them! :)
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  6. Crpdeth

    Crpdeth Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2002
    Location location
    Wow...And I thought we were big on balloons around here!

    Very nice...I especially like the POW/MIA balloon...Wish I had a close up of it to use as my desktop.

    Nice pics Ginga.

  7. pickenup

    pickenup Active Member

    That would sure be a sight to see in person.
    Thanks for the pics.
  8. 358 winchester

    358 winchester *TFF Admin Staff*

    Apr 25, 2004
    Pensacola Fl. area
    That would be a fun ,lazy way to spend an afternoon:) Thanks for the pictures.
  9. SouthernMoss

    SouthernMoss *Admin Tech Staff*

    Jan 1, 2003
    SW MS

    Here's one I took a couple of years ago. If you like it I can send you a bigger version of it.

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  10. Crpdeth

    Crpdeth Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2002
    Location location
    I love it! Please send the bigger version! :):):):):):):)

    *edit* I set this one as my background and it works just fine and I love it!...No need for a bigger one...

    Thank you SoMo.

    Last edited: Nov 2, 2007
  11. glocknut

    glocknut Active Member

    Pistol....those ballons are supposed to float gracefully in the air...they're not supposed to go into orbit arround the earth!!!! :D:D:D:D:D:D

  12. Thanks so much SoMo! I'd love to see that race! How groovy! I emailed a couple pics to my dad and he really enjoyed them (especially the POW/MIA balloon!)!:)
  13. SouthernMoss

    SouthernMoss *Admin Tech Staff*

    Jan 1, 2003
    SW MS
    Glad y'all enjoyed the pics. :)
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