Hot Air Balloon
A hot air balloon is a lighter-than-air aircraft consisting of a bag, called an envelope, which contains heated air. Suspended beneath is a gondola or wicker basket, which carries passengers and a source of heat, in most cases an open flame caused by burning liquid propane.
Up, up and away! Have you ever wondered what it would be like to fly in a hot air balloon, soaring among the clouds? Hot air balloons have been around since 1783, making them the oldest form of human flight — and probably one of the most beautiful to watch, too.
There are 3 main parts to hot air balloons: the ‘burner’ creates heat that rises; the hot air fills the ‘envelope’ (that’s the balloon part); when it’s full, it lifts the ‘basket,’ which rises off the ground. But there’s no steering wheel! The pilots are at the mercy of the wind direction. Because wind speed is different depending on how high up in the air you are, the pilots listen carefully to the weather report, and turn the burner on and off to keep the balloons hovering at the right speed.
Hot air ballooning is a lot of fun and is worth the cost to have the experience of moving with the wind. There’s no feeling of motion. No breeze. You’re just standing in a basket and you can look all around you. If you’re in a beautiful area, you can see all the beauty of the world.