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Old 13th June 2024, 19:31   #1
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Watched a hot air balloon race today. Are they entirely wind blown or are they navigable? Anybody done one? I know warm/cool air currents can help rise and fall, but direction?
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Old 14th June 2024, 09:54   #2
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The Chinese weather baroons can have some steering ability. Some if not all of those downed recently over the US had a prop and a rudder.
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Old 14th June 2024, 18:27   #3
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Clever aren't they.
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Old 14th June 2024, 19:23   #4
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Yes they are Ray,its no longer "eat your crusts up remember the starving Chinese" dont know why I was told that because I always did! Chris.S.
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Really? Crusts? I was always told to 'eat your crusts' because 'it will make your hair curl'. Guess what, mine has all fallen out. Memo: don't believe your parents. They tell whoppers.
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Iíve done a couple of hot air balloon trips. They do have rudders built into the ballon sides, they operate in a way that gently guides the balloon towards its landing. The rudders are just flaps built into the balloon fabric.
Most of the balloon trips have designated landing areas.
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Thanks, it does seem not unlike 'on a wing and a prayer'. Minus the wing.
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