Gas Makes Hot Air Balloons Defy Gravity

Carolyn’s Online Magazine

GAS MAKES HOT AIR BALLOONS

DEFY GRAVITY

The WordPress photo prompt for January 8, 2016, is weight(less): show us the effects of gravity in your photo.

The prompt is appropriately timed with the 223rd anniversary of the first hot air balloon launch in the United States. At he advertised, at precisely 10:00 a. m. a 5-foot tall flamboyant Frenchman, Monsieur Jean-Pierre Blanchard, began this flight from the Walnut Street Prison courtyard in Philadelphia. His flight lasted 46 minutes and took him 15 miles. Further information on this historic event is @ America’s First Untethered Balloon Flight 1/9/1793.

Below are some photographs of balloons, which defy gravity due to the gas that fills the air bag.

One of Blanchard's 44 flights before coming to the U. S. July 6, 1791

One of Blanchard’s 44 flights before coming to the U. S. July 6, 1791

Balloon flight in Phoenix AZ 2015: photo by Sara Gayle

Balloon flight in Phoenix AZ 2015: photo by Sara Gayle

Hot air balloon décor outside the Holiday Home Store in Latrobe, PA

Hot air balloon décor outside the Holiday Home Store in Latrobe, PA

Hot air balloon décor displayed outside the Holiday Home Store in Latrobe, PA

Hot air balloon décor displayed outside the Holiday Home Store in Latrobe, PA

Modern balloon flight in Phoenix AZ: Photo by Sara Gayle

Modern balloon flight in Phoenix AZ: Photo by Sara Gayle

Balloons ready to take off in Phoenix, AZ, 2016: Photo by Sara Gayle

Balloons ready to take off in Phoenix, AZ, 2016: Photo by Sara Gayle

Hot air balloon décor hand-made by Carolyn

Hot air balloon décor hand-made by Carolyn

Blanchard balloon flight, 1784

Blanchard balloon flight, 1784

 PHOTO CREDITS:

1784 flight

July 6, 1791 flight

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About carolyncholland

In several if my nine lives I have been a medical lab technician and a human service worker specializing in child day care, adoptions and family abuse. Currently I am a photo/journalist/writer working on a novel and a short story. My general writings can be viewed at www.carolyncholland.wordpress.com. My novel site is www.intertwinedlove.wordpress.com.
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2 Responses to Gas Makes Hot Air Balloons Defy Gravity

  1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

    I was thinking about posting photos from my recent hot air ballooning experience but decided to save it for another day

    Like

  2. Pingback: WPC: Weightless (Falling Diagonally) | Chris Breebaart Photography / What's (in) the picture?

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