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Hot Air Balloon Flight Record - 19Jul2015
Brian training

Launch:  Stow, MA - Minute Man Air Field   Duration:  1:05
Land:  Littleton, MA   Distance:  4.9
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Map of the flight

This is a Google Earth version of the track and should open in your local Google Earth. For more information or to install Google Earth on your system, go to Google Earth.

My fan engine gave up last Sunday so this is a perfect weekend to fly with Brian and his equipment. Yesterday was rain then overcast all day, and this afternoon is thunderstorm warnings. Until the heat builds up to trigger development we have a reasonable morning. It IS hot, humid, and hazy at 5AM.

We are the only balloon out today. Pi-bal shows the same track as 2 weeks ago, just quicker. Inflated, building on lessons learned. Took-off NE, picking up about 9mph when we got high enough to clear the downwind homes. Dropped lower when we were able to drop the speed and allow the crew to catch up.

Flew over the Library parking lot from 2 weeks ago and continued NNE toward Littleton. We were between major roads for a while which made it difficult on the crew but they found us at RT2 and Central St.

From there we stayed close to Newtown Rd until it turned and we descended across Harwood, heading for a nice neighborhood with a circle. A quick climb to spiral right then all the small trees in the circle made for a steeper approach into a yard on the downwind side. The homeowner never came out but the neighbor did.

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