Thriving lifestyle of giraffes in the wild Giraffes are native to Africa. They live in the south of the Sahara to northern Botswana, and eastern Transvaal and Natal. They occur in the tall trees, dense forests, grasslands, woodlands and open plains as well as in the dry and arid savanna…

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THE FIRSTS OF HOT-AIR BALLOON

The firsts of hot-air balloon On the 27th of August 1783 Jacques-Alexander-Cesar Charles, the French inventor launched a hydrogen balloon. He then went on to design and built a larger hydrogen balloon with the help of two engineering brothers Anne-Jean and Marie-Noel Robert. They included in it most of the…

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HOT-AIR BALLOON INDUSTRY PIONEERS

Hot-air balloon industry pioneers The pioneers of the inflatable planes are unsung heroes. And that is because not many people pay attention to their daring ventures in the early days of aviation. Mentions of them in the literature are few and far between. But giving credit where it is due is…

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Ascent of hot-air balloon from the Montgolfier days Anyone who takes an hot-air balloon ride in the savannah of Kenya marvels of the wonderful experience they feel while in the air and after the ride. The history of how the craft came into being is indeed a spectacular story. But…

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BASKET OF THE BALLOON

Basket of the balloon Exploring the workings of an hot-air balloon starts with examining the fascinating evolution of its basket where the passengers and pilot stand. The history of the basket is an old one that has not evolved much from the 19th century hot-air balloon. And the reason why it…

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BURNER OF THE BALLOON

Burner of the balloon The engine and the motive force of the balloon is the burner. It produces and propels the heated air into the envelope. The pilot uses the hot air to ascend and descend as well as to control the vessel’s motion once aloft. And the pilot light…

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ENVELOPE OF THE BALLOON

Envelope of the balloon The two most important components of the balloon envelope are its fabric and vents. Other ballooning gears facilitate and support its functioning. At the end of the flight, the ground crew fold, roll and store the balloon in a bag. But the operation of a balloon…

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WHAT HOT-AIR BALLOONISTS NEED TO KNOW

What hot-air balloonists need to know Many adventurous people are enthusiastic about flying or owning a hot-air balloon. The very next thing they do is to venture out and grab the best do-it-yourself kit available in the market for hobbyists. Those DIY kits may provide the essential information needed to make…

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COMPONENTS OF HOT-AIR BALLOON

Components of hot-air balloon A basket, a burner and an envelope make up a hot-air balloon. It’s a simple piece of equipment and relatively affordable when one compares it to other aircraft. Basket of the hot-air balloon The hot-air balloon carries its cargo and passengers in a wicker basket or…

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HISTORY OF HOT-AIR BALLOON

History of hot-air balloon The computer screen of an air traffic controller shows that the traffic in the airspace is as busy as the motor traffic on the streets of any cosmopolitan cities of the world. Jet engines boom round the world in hours. Rockets routinely zoom in space. But…

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