How fast the dreams come true! True, for some reason, those who do not particularly want, but just keep it in reserve. Last summer, when we hitchhiked around Turkey, we saw skyrocketing over Cappadocia hundreds of balloons. On that day, I just took some pictures of them and thought about how to do something. And it so happened that I was destined to become an aeronaut only in Moscow.
As part of his post What to do in Moscow at the weekendI got a coupon for a balloon flight inMoscow It was bought on Biglion.ru, it represented a 50% discount, a total of 3800r was released in 1 hour in the air, which seems to me a little expensive for such entertainment. By the way, flights are cheaper in Turkey, well, that is, they cost about the same, but without a discount. Then a similar action, only from another club of balloonists, was on Grupon and already for 1800r. Who would have known in advance ...
The content of the article
- 1 Balloon Flight Preparation
- 2 Flight in a balloon in Moscow
- 3 Balloon landing
- 4 Some information about aeronautics
Balloon Flight Preparation
I had to leave Moscow at 4 in the morning. Flights in the summer are carried out only in the morning and in the evening, in the afternoon apparently the airspace is occupied. But what a beautiful sun met us on the way.
As it turned out, the most interesting isanticipation. You arrive on the field and the movement begins around: everyone unpacks, unwraps the balls on the ground and begins to fill with warm air. Everything happens quickly and efficiently. You look at it and wait for a miracle, because earlier only in the sky I saw balloons.
Somewhere in 30 minutes a small car trailer turns into a huge means of transportation by air. The pilot practically does not turn off the burner, the command is given to jump ...
Flight in a balloon in Moscow
Small jitters, smiles on faces, excitement, andthe basket comes off the ground. Balloon flight has begun! The first feeling that you take the elevator, everything is calm and no shaking. If you do not look overboard, you will not understand that you are taking off, no fear. Yet it looks like you are standing on the open viewing platform of some tower. It becomes a little uncomfortable only when you look at the earth floating under you and think that only a plastic bottom of the basket and several hundred meters separates you from it.
By tradition, when I have the opportunity to take pictures from a height (tv tower in munich. tv tower in kuala lumpur), the weather deteriorates sharply, the sky turns gray andcovered with clouds. So it happened this time, we did not see the bright blue sky and the cheerful colors of the meadows. But they saw what Dmitrovsky District looks like from a height: small people, toy houses and cars. Probably, if the landscape was not Russian, it would be more interesting to watch.
Well, the funniest thing is the landing of the airball. The basket flops on the ground, bounces several times, and leaves behind a trail of wrinkled grass and a bit of pitted earth. Only at this stage a few drops of adrenaline are produced. Well, after that it is necessary to drink champagne (it is a pity that there was no ordinary juice) and to part with a part of your body - this is the rite of initiation into astronauts by aeronauts. They decided to take pity on us and not take our legs, hands, and other organs from us, but simply burned our hair.
leave us arms, legs, kidneys and other organs, and just burned our hair.
Some information about aeronautics
- Our flight lasted an hour, it is enough to understand what it is. In this flight, we climbed to 520 meters. In general, balloons can rise to a height of 5,000 meters.
- The ball is controlled by a gas burner, and canto rise only up and down due to warm air, the rest (left / right) occurs at the behest of the wind, therefore during long journeys the metrological forecasts are carefully studied and a fair wind is expected.
“Upstairs, it's not cold at all, it's coming from the burner.”it is so warm that if you stand very close to the pilot, then it is better to wear a hat, otherwise it will print. And the noise from it is such that it is not possible to talk (it does not burn all the time).
- Our balloon cost 55,000 euros, and the balloons for real travel (there is a double shell with helium) are already under 2 million.
- To become a pilot of the balloon you need to unlearn half a year on courses and get a license.
- Each flight requires permission, you just can not fly.
- In the world there is a zone G - free space where you can fly without notifying various services. Moscow region is not included in this zone.
A minute video of our balloon flight, even more like our landing. So how exactly is the most fun! FullHD video, so it's best to watch at maximum resolution.