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Old Apr 10, 2008, 10:20 AM   #1
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Old Apr 10, 2008, 6:42 PM   #3
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Nice balloon shots, Bill. Did you get any sunburn from the burners? Those things really put out a lot of heat.

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Nice balloon shots, Bill. Did you get any sunburn from the burners? Those things really put out a lot of heat.

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No, I didn't get sunburned but it's scary how far that flame shoots into the baloon and how close it is to the fabric. I have some other shots that I underexposed where almost all you can see is the flame and there are fireballs half way to the top of the balloon.
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And to think that some of the larger balloons have two burners! Ouch. From what I understand, the temperature at the top of the balloon envelope is around 270° F. Human skin burns at about 150° F. That fabric is very strong and fireproof.

It is hard to believe that the first hot-air balloons (Mongolfier Brothers) were made of paper!

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Great shots. I had the chance to go up in a hot air balloonseveral years ago.What afun experience that was. It's fascinating how maneuverable those things are.

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