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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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  1. denablueline said, on December 28, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    what ahppened, did it collapse???

    • Dennis Wright said, on December 28, 2011 at 10:30 pm

      No. This is how the inflation process starts. Once the air in the balloon is hot enough it starts to rise up into the air, but it takes quite a while.

      The sequence of pictures is maybe a bit confusing. The balloon at the top was a different one that was already on its way over the Nile. The middle one was the one I went on, but before they started inflating it. The bottom picture was taken shortly after the inflation process started.


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