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Fascinating Facts About Hot Air Ballooning — What You Need to Know

Do you dream of floating above the clouds in a hot air balloon? If so, then you’ve come to the right place! Here at Sunrise Balloons, we specialize in hot air balloon rides over the beautiful wine country of Temecula, California, and the surrounding Napa Valley. Whether you’re a first-timer or an experienced ballooner, you’ll be sure to have an unforgettable experience. But before you take off, here are some fascinating facts about hot air ballooning that you should know!

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The Oldest Form of Aviation

First of all, hot air balloons are the oldest form of aviation. They have been around for centuries, dating back to the 1700s when they were first invented by the Montgolfier brothers in France. Since then, they have become a popular form of recreational flight, with people from all over the world coming together to enjoy the beautiful views and thrilling experience of hot air ballooning.

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No Fuel Needed

Hot air balloons are powered by the heat of the air inside the balloon, which is created by burning a fuel such as propane. This heat is what causes the balloon to rise and gives it the ability to float in the sky.

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Safety Is a Top Priority

Even though they are not powered by any kind of engine, they are one of the safest forms of aviation. This is because the pilot has full control over the flight path and can adjust the direction and altitude of the balloon at any time.

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Soaring to New Heights

Hot air balloons will travel between 1,000 to 3,000 feet into the air — as high as the clouds! While 3,000 feet is the legal limit for safety reasons, on November 26, 2005, Dr. Vijaypat Singhania of India set a new world record by reaching an altitude of 68,986 feet in a Cameron Z-1600 hot-air balloon over Mumbai, India.

A Magical Journey

When up in the sky, hot air ballooning can give you a magical experience that will truly take your breath away. From the beautiful aerial views of the landscape below to the feeling of absolute freedom in the sky — nothing compares to a hot air balloon ride! If you are ready to take to the skies, contact Sunrise Balloons today to book your magical experience over wine country!

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