Unless you’re afraid of heights, few would call a ride aboard a hot air balloon a thrilling experience. But did you know there’s such a thing as competitive hot air ballooning? It might not be as exciting as air-to-air combat in fighter jets, but can you think of a sport that has a better view?
Remember how your heart skipped a beat when you swung just a little too high on your local playground swingset as a kid? Imagine what your heart would be doing if you rode a swing suspended from a 400-foot-long tether hanging beneath a hot air balloon floating over 5,900 feet in the air.
Knate Myers made a time-lapse of the 2014 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, currently the largest hot air balloon festival of its kind.This past October's was the 43rd annual and saw 500 balloons over the skies of Albuquerque in a nine day period.
Time lapse anything and it immediately turns epic. Take something as kooky as the annual hot air balloon festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico where 750 hot air balloons get together to lift off and put it in a time lapse video and it looks absolutely incredible. It's like a ballet in the air.
We think we got the first hydrogen-based airship disaster caught on tape. In fact, the first horrific explosion of an airship came over a century before the Hindenburg, and it combined a military test ship disaster with a tragic love story.
Hot-air balloons went from mode of transportation to relative novelty, but throughout their history, these floating vehicles have been very odd. From a balloon built for lifting a person on horseback to the hot-air balloon replica of Christ the Redeemer, here are some of the weirdest balloons ever.
Because usual tightrope walking is apparently not daring enough, a group of extreme sports enthusiasts took to the skies to attempt to walk a line from one hot air balloon to another. And they brought cameras to film their own terrific falls.
Say you live in an age of balloons and explosives. Perhaps, you think, it is time to start putting those two things together.