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|Leo, Ron Tisa and Dave a few seconds
after lift off.
They began a rather speedy movement toward the North-west but the winds were quite variable.
Following the quite random flight from the ground was a challenge.
|The balloon passing
overhead at an altitude of about 250 feet.
This picture was taken somewhere South of Seabrook, NJ.
Look closely above the basket and you can see the flame from the burner.
|Dave, Ron and Leo coming in for their
landing. At this point they were hardly moving across the ground at about 2
feet above it.
Ground chase-crewmen, John Mossbrooks and myself, grabbed the basket and slowly moved it toward the road to make packing up easier for us all.
|Balloon passengers Ron Tisa, in blue jacket, and Leo Marquez smiling in the middle are walked across the road by ground crewman John Mossbrooks while Dave begins to shut things down.|
I took this picture of the balloon deflating while holding down the
Hot air is pouring out of the top as I hold the balloon down.
We had a convoy of about 15 cars following us during the flight.
|Dave squeezes air from the
envelope as Leo and Ron hold the canopy up to make squeezing easier.
Ron's daughter Jamie is wrapping the squeezed envelope with Velcro tapes to hold it in place before stuffing it into the carrying bag.
Ground crewman John Mossbrooks looks on.
|Ron begins stuffing the
envelope into the bag as Leo and John are helped carrying it by John's son
The process of stuffing the envelope into the bag requires sitting on the bag every so often to press out the trapped air.
It's difficult to imagine something as large as the balloon envelope fitting into the bag.
See the next picture.
|With much stuffing and
sitting they got the envelop into the bag.
Finally, everything is on the trailer and we are ready to go.
Ron, Leo, Dave and John are seen in this picture.
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