October 15, 1999 - Ballooning over Southington
A spectacular Fall morning flight[Click on thumbnails to see full size pictures]
|Movie (AVI format, no sound) file download (3Mb approx.)||The original streaming 1min 49sec video from NBC is no longer available (it was available only for 2 weeks on the MSNBC site). This link is to an AVI format recording (no sound) of the section of the video from about 0:15 through 0:32 (i.e., about 17 seconds long) that shows our balloon (most of the video featured the other balloons). It begins with a close-up of us in the basket, then zooms out to show the entire balloon. Download and play using Media Player or Real Player.|
|Just after launch (we took off first!), a view of the other two balloons flying today. You can see the chase vehicles just below.|
|The same two balloons, a little later.|
|Who is this handsome guy? |
Santo Galatioto, our pilot and my esteemed instructor (<g>) , enjoying a gorgeous morning aloft.
|Robert Zirpolo's balloon, carrying 6 passengers. Mike Kirkwood, piloting the third ballon, carried a camera crew from Channel 30 WVIT (NBC Hartford, CT affiliate)|
|Flying low, to check out the fall foliage. This is probably the best week of the Fall for leaf-watching in Connecticut.|
|Back on the ground at our landing site just south of I-691, Santo and yours truly photographed standing in the basket by crew chief Steve Ushchak before deflation. |
The other two balloons, shown here in the distance behind our balloon, followed us in a few minutes later to land on the same site.
|Map showing launch and landing sites for this flight. Distance was approximately 5 miles in about 40 minutes.|
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