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I Didn’t Know That: Hot Air Balloons
 

I Didn’t Know That: Hot Air Balloons

They've been lifting us to great heights for 200+ years. We've circled the globe in them and created festivals to celebrate them. We even regulate hot air balloons just like other aircraft.

But how do they take flight? Investigate the engineering and physics of hot air balloons.

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Fly a Hot Air Balloon

Fly a Hot Air Balloon

You may not be able to circle the globe in this balloon, but you can make it rise in the air. Once you've mastered the principles, test out your own variations. More...

Activity
Museum of Science and Industry
Hot Air!

Hot Air!

Can you steer a hot air balloon through an obstacle course using only the wind? Give it a try. More...

Game
Miniclip.com
A Short History of Ballooning

A Short History of Ballooning

You might think human flight began with the Wright brothers in 1903, but it started more than a hundred years earlier. Get the details of this 1783 aviation milestone. More...

Article
NOVA/PBS
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2012

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2012

Watch the mass ascension of more than 500 hot air balloons at a 2012 international balloon festival — in just over a minute, thanks to time-lapse video. More...

Video
Pure Cinematography Channel
Boy Sets Record as Youngest Balloon Pilot to Solo

Boy Sets Record as Youngest Balloon Pilot to Solo

In 2011, Bobby Bradley became the youngest balloonist ever to fly by himself. Watch his record-breaking trip. More...

Video
KOBTV5
First Successful Solo Balloon Flight

First Successful Solo Balloon Flight

In 2002, Steve Fossett traveled around the world in a hot air balloon. Read about his historic mission in the Spirit of Freedom, a "Roziere" balloon. More...

Article
eballoon.org
How It’s Made: Hot Air Balloons

How It’s Made: Hot Air Balloons

Take a behind-the-scenes look at how hot air balloons are engineered to meet performance and safety requirements and then put together like giant jigsaw puzzles. More...

Video
Discovery
The Great Balloon Race

The Great Balloon Race

Would you be a good hot air balloon pilot? Put your skills to the test — try not to crash! More...

Game
DragonflyTV/PBS

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