Just thought I would share a couple of pictures from our Buster & Blunder event last year. It was well scripted and well flown by everyone with safety the first priority.
All planes flew a fixed track with 2 mile separation (1 Minute) monitored by AirBoss Bob. Balloons were released on call 1 mile out (30 seconds) and ascend at about 500 feet per minute so most were at 250 to 300 feet in the air at the time of the pass down the runway. Airspeed was recommended at 120 MPH and any severe maneuver was a disqualification. All it really takes is seeing it early and then a nice smooth climb to impact the balloon …. sounds simple
You can see it in action if you check out the videos by Paul Duff on the website www.PetitJeanFlyIn.com
but here are a couple of still shots. And no the airplanes were not breaking them on knife edge
Photos were from below
That's our story and we're sticking to it!
Balloons have to be launched considering wind and drift potential ! A very scientific group here!
A lot of shouting helps them ascend properly …. hot air rises
Was this a Buster or Blunder …… Ask Ron Moring
Check with Sid for the results of this pass...
There was a LOT of very scientific speculation about whether a 12 inch balloon could pass between the blades of a prop spinning at 2200 RPM. Most of the guys with recorded miss's swore it was possible and some folks substantiated that with a lot of math and science theory. Really nice work and it was going well as Excuse #1 and #2 but then someone asked them to explain how the 4 foot streamer got though with the balloon.... Oh Well …. I guess we'll work on that theoretical possibility in October.
Hope to see you on the Mountain.... we have about 6 rooms left as of this morning. Be quick if you want a roof on the Mountain. Campers always welcome.