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Egypt 2010 #11 – Balloon Ride over Luxor (part 5)

Posted in Egypt, Travel by Dennis Wright on December 31, 2011

And we’re airborne! This is the Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahri seen from the air.

Temple of Hatshepsut seen from hot air balloon

An uninflated balloon on the launching ground.

Uninflated hot air balloon seen from the air

Looking out over the fields on the west bank of the Nile, towards the Nile itself, Luxor and the mountains behind.

Aerial view of fields on west bank of Nile


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Egypt 2010 #10 – Balloon Ride over Luxor (part 4)

Posted in Egypt, Travel by Dennis Wright on December 29, 2011

Have no fear, we will find ourselves airborne in the next post. But I did want to include this last picture of preparation for flight.

Preparing to inflate balloon

This shows a whole balloon on the ground, before even the cold air fans have been used to start inflating it. I guess I just liked the cluster of airborne balloons in the background. The largest (red) balloon is, I think, the same one that appears below in post #8 of the Egypt 2010 series.


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Egypt 2010 #9 – Balloon Ride over Luxor (part 3)

Posted in Egypt, Travel by Dennis Wright on December 29, 2011

A spectacular red, green and yellow balloon was just setting off as we were arriving on the scene.

Red Yellow Green Balloon 1

Red Yellow Green Balloon 2

For those interested it is a Cameron A-415. Well, that’s what it says on the small sign on the balloon envelope.


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Egypt 2010 #8 – Balloon Ride over Luxor (part 2)

Posted in Egypt, Travel by Dennis Wright on December 28, 2011

Some very early risers were already airborne and heading off into the grey dawn sky.

Balloon and palm tree

We had to wait while our balloon was inflated.

Balloon prep

According to Wikipedia (see photo of yellow balloon in the article) the balloon is first partially inflated using cold air from gas-powered fans, as in the picture above. The inflation process is completed using the propane burner mounted at the top of the passenger gondola (below).

Flame heating hot air balloon


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Egypt 2010 #7 – Balloon Ride over Luxor (part 1)

Posted in Egypt, Travel by Dennis Wright on December 27, 2011

Possibly the highlight of our Egypt trip was the hot air balloon ride over the Valley of the Kings, the Nile and Luxor. We had to show up at the crack of dawn and were taken to a massive field where loads of balloons were getting warmed up.

Egypt pre-flight


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