Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Hélécine #2 ...

... invitation for an air balloon VIP flight
on June, 24 - 1994
the Hélécine Montgolfiade...

... The Montgolfiades are organized every year at
the end of June; some 30 to 60 hot-air balloons
take off during the hot air balloon festival ...

... pilot Gaël Cardon and the crew of OO-CLA -
Clarion preparing for flight ..
.

... final inflation: firing the propane burners
to complete inflation ...

... Pilot Stéphane Gilain of OO-LAN - Lancia
and passenger helping a hand ...

... the inside the hot air balloon's envelope of
the Lancia,
seen from the gondola. ...

... hot air balloon pilot and passenger in basket ...
... and up goes the Clarion, ...

... high above the castle of Hélécine ...

Hélécine - Provincial Park
... (EN)
by wallonie-tourisme.be
... Former norbertine abbey of Hélécine ...

... the Clarion above the brewery of Hoegaarden ...

... a common tradition among balloonists is to have
a champagne toast upon landing. Legend has it
that early French aeronauts carried champagne
to appease angry or frightened spectators
at the landing site ...


Hot air ballooning ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... is the activity of flying hot air balloons.
Attractive aspects of ballooning include the exceptional quiet
(except when the propane burners are firing),
the lack of a feeling of movement,
and the bird's-eye view...

counter