329 Hot Air Balloons! Mondial Air Balloons Chambley France

The largest mass ascent of hot air balloons took place recently at the biennial Lorraine Mondial Air Ballons rally in Chambley, France. Pilots from around the world lifted off in 329 balloons on 26 July. Were you there? Then join the Biennale Mondiale de l’Aerostation group and add something to the pool!

Photos and video from gbatistini, mortimer?, daniel guffanti and normandie2005.

*Fun Fact: Hot air balloons don’t fly in the rain because balloon heat can cause water to boil atop the balloon, and boiling water destroys the fabric.

*Fun Fact: Hot air balloons were discovered in France in 1783.

A Hot Air Balloon Joke!

An American man, a Russian man, and an African man were all up in a hot-air balloon together. After a few minutes, the Russian man put his hand down through the clouds. “Aaah!” he said. “We’re right over my homeland.” “How can you tell?” asked the American. “I can feel the cold air,” he replied. A few hours later the African man put his hand through the clouds. “Aah we’re right over my homeland,” he said. “How do you know that?” asked the Russian. “I can feel the heat of the desert.” Several more hours later the American put his hand through the clouds. “Aah, we’re right over New York.” The Russian and the African were amazed. “How do you know all of that?!” they exclaimed. The American pulled his hand up and said, “My watch is missing.

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