Meteor Crater Hot Air Balloon Flight

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Meteor Crater Balloon Flight


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Feb 1-3, 2008
First Balloon Flight INTO the Crater!

Friday, Flight 1

This was the first time any one has ever flown INTO Meteor Crater. The winds shifted about 10 times while were trying to decide where to lay out. Then it shifted again when were almost done cold inflating. We ended up walking the balloon several hundred yards to get a better angle into the crater. We still did not get into the center, but we DID get into the crater, on the east side. The weather looks good for tomorrow morning and we will try again tomorrow.


Just coming up over the rim



Just into the crater



Down into the crater



Just below the rim on the way out



Almost done and out of the crater



Out of the crater, clearer of the rim



Going down on the outside of the crater, near the rim



Our Shawdow in the crater as we are leving



Landing on nearby dirt road



Saturday, Flight 2

We learned a LOT from our flight yesterday. On the second flight, we knew a lot more about what the wind would do, how it would change, etc. On this flight, we nailed the center of the crater. All three balloons got in, got down, and got out. Flying this crater is not for the beginner. There can be signficant rotors, and many other effects. Another big factor in flying here is the window of good winds is very short.
"THE BEST FLIGHT Of MY ENTIRE LIFE!"
The crater at Sunrise

Coming across the rim



On the way down to the bottom of the crater



On the way down, view from the floor of the crater



First Balloon in the crater!! (Keith Sproul)
Picture from the north rim



Same balloon, from other opposite side
Picture from the south rim



Second Balloon in the crater!! (Garry Haruska



Third Balloon in the crater!! (Fred Lete)
WE NAILED IT!



Third balloon coming down



The Entire Balloon Team, Picture 1



Back Row: John Hofer, Fred Lete, Lou Barthelmey, Keith Sproul, Lori Wichart, Garry Haruska, Brenda Yost, Gabe Andes, Tonya Griego
Front Row: Jared Griego, Jeff Griego, Jacob Griego


The Entire Balloon Team, Picture 2



Brad Andes, John Hofer, Gabe Andes, Keith Sproul, Lou Barthelmey, Jared Griego, Fred Lete, Lori Wichart, Garry Haruska, Brenda Yost, Jacob Griego Tonya Griego, Jeff Griego


Balloon Tracks



ColorBalloonPilotDate
Dark BlueWings of WindKeith Sproul02/01/2008 Friday
Light BlueWings of WindKeith Sproul02/02/2008 Saturday
Dark Red Garry Haruska02/02/2008 Saturday
Pink Fred Lete02/02/2008 Saturday



Google Earth View 1



Google Earth View 2




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for there you have been and there you will long to return."

- Leonardo da Vinci

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