If you are a fan of flying, as ardent as perhaps Sir Richard Branson is, then you probably know what’s true and what is not about flying balloons – from their shape, features, mechanism and possibilities.
Some people, however, have a pretty romantic or naïve idea of balloons, which lets them believe some myths. While we can’t blame them for falling in love with the idea of flying, we want to share with you some popular facts that most people think are true. But are not!
Don’t spill the beans
Many people believe that a balloon flying up in the skies is the perfect place to propose. What? No, please don’t! When you are up in the skies you can’t speak about matters of such gravity, because the only think you can hear is the roar of the hot air burner. So, unless you are a brilliant mime artist, hold your peace at least till you touch down.
Air sickness is a perfectly normal condition in healthy people, making them feel bad or even lose their lunch during the flight. While many people believe that closing your eyes might alleviate the situation, they are all wrong – closing your eyes or trying to sleep during a balloon flight (what a waste!) will only aggravate the symptoms as this results in a conflict between the eyes and the vestibular system. So, keep your eyes wide open.
One-way ticket to open space
Can a hot air balloon leave the Earth and off it go into open space? Nope! As with all machines capable of flight, hot air balloons aren’t able to fly beyond the atmosphere. Felix Baumgartner‘s epic jump from the edge of space took place with a sliiiightly different balloon. So fear not, you can’t leave the earth with a hot-air balloon.
Balloons give wings
Popular myth has it that a bunch of helium-filled balloons can easily lift a kiddo off the ground. While a little bum might not be safe with as many as a thousand balloons attached to it, the myth busters prove that any number of balloons that a kid can feasibly lay its hands on can’t take it to the skies.
Shape of the shapes
Some people think that a balloon cannot stay aloft unless it’s in the traditional teardrop shape. In fact, there are many forms and sizes such as a castle, a ball, a popular shape from Angry Birds and what not. If you are a fan of special shapes, you can see many unusual balloons during international balloon fiestas, or during the Festival of Ballooning.
Now you’re super prepared to take to the skies. Don’t forget that in the UK as well as in most European countries, you need to hold a Private Pilot’s Licence in order to fly a hot air balloon. Although it might seem like a perfect retreat in nature’s splendour, please, don’t improvise with your granddad’s balloon and make sure you hold a licence.
Have a nice flight!Top