Who Let Baloons Out!

F/11.0, 1/500, ISO 250.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Did you hear about the pig who tried to start a hot-air balloon business?

He couldn’t get it off the ground.

Interesting Fact: The success of the Fiesta depends in part on the cool Albuquerque morning temperatures in October and the Albuquerque box. The “box” is a set of predictable wind patterns that can be exploited to navigate the balloons. At low elevations the winds tend to be northerly (from the north), but at higher elevations they tend to be southerly. Balloonists use these winds to navigate in a vertical box: they ascend slightly from the launch park, move south, ascend further, move north, descend, and repeat the box or land back in the launch park or quite nearby. During events involving on-field targets, such as the “Key Grab” (where pilots attempt to grab prizes, including a set of keys to a new vehicle, from atop tall, flexible poles), it’s not uncommon to see the same balloon make 5 or 6 passes at the targets, simply by working the “Box” to keep returning to the field.  ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albuquerque_International_Balloon_Fiesta#Albuquerque_box )

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10 Comments

  1. What an amazing view this must be. Thanks for the information on the “box”, I never knew this and wondered how they managed so many ballons.

    • You are very welcome, I am really glad that I was able to share this with you. Thank you for stopping by and checking out my post. Happy Blogging! 🙂

  2. Amazing! Growing up in El Paso, TX, and I still have not seem that balloon festival. Thanks for the great shot.

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