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The eagle has landed

600_0813-s_wOK, not literally.

Every action or event has its end. So, this flight also came to its end. We traveled about 4.5 hours and covered 163 km with an average speed of about 30 km driven only by the wind. According to my GPS our maximum height was 2,573 m. Stunning!

But, finally we had had to land again and were collected by a car to be brought back to our starting point.

As you might know, wind during the starting and the landing phases might endanger these phases. We landed right before the wind became too strong. Thus, we were landed smooth and save.

Enjoy the photos taken in this final phases of our flight and right after we landed. Maybe you might also have a look back to the other posts:

nightflight, the rise of auroraIt’s coming, geometric shapes and heaven above.

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Heaven above

600_0786-e_wWhile flying with a plane is like driving with a bus, flying with a balloon is like riding a bike. Not only when comparing the speed or the amount of people traveling in the same time, but it’s …. more of a direct experience.

You can feel the temperature of the air. You can also feel the warmth of the sun on your skin or the moisture in the air, but no wind. It’s an incomparable experience.

Usually balloons start early in the morning or later in afternoon to avoid thermal winds, that might endanger or at least complicate the landing and the start. When taking a gas balloon you could even start in the early morning and land after sunset, to avoid such problems. Unfortunately gas balloons nowadays are filled with hydrogen again instead of helium, although there was the Zeppelin disaster in Lakehurst near New York back in Mai 1937. But unfortunately helium is too valuable and rare to use it for ballooning.

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