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Hot Air Balloon Day – June 5, 2023

Hot Air Balloon Day is celebrated on June 5 and we’ll be having an extraordinary celebration this year, ranging from taking a hot air balloon flight, going through the historical facts, and, of course, learning some basics in case you aspire to become a hot air balloon pilot someday. Did you know that the hot air balloon is the oldest form of aviation? Although not as advanced as they are today, they’ve been around since the 18th century, which was a time when appreciating the beautiful landscapes from above with a helicopter wasn’t an option.

History of Hot Air Balloon Day

Flying in a hot air balloon is one of the most adventurous ways of appreciating the science behind them and seeing the world from a different point of view. Although the celebration of Hot Air Balloon Day dates back about a decade, the history of hot air balloons traces back to ancient Chinese culture and military tactics, where airborne lanterns were released in the air as a cultural practice and military signal respectively.

Two brothers, Joseph-Michel and Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier invented the hot air balloon in France and flew it for the first time in 1783. They publicly demonstrated the flight, which lasted for 10 minutes and had only animals on board. A few months later, Jean François Pilatre de Rozier became the first human to take a hot air balloon ride. In the 1950s, Paul Edward Yost, an American who invented the modern-day hot air balloon, advanced the way hot air balloons operate. His invention saw the addition of a propane burner engine to the hot air balloon which generates and pumps through the mouth of the envelope (balloon). During the test, the balloon flight lasted for an hour.

Hot Air Balloon Day presents an opportunity to glorify this mode of aviation and to increase awareness of flight transportation. Hot air ballooning is currently used recreationally, even though inaccessible to many. It has also been customized into different shapes, sizes, and beautiful colors.

Hot Air Balloon Day timeline

1783
The Hot Air Balloon is Invented

Two French brothers, Joseph-Michel and Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier, create the hot air balloon.

1794
Military Use

The military uses it for surveillance during the Battle of Fleurus in France.

1960
Improved By an American

Paul Edward Yost evolves the workings of the hot air balloon to have an engine burner.

2005
They’re Used in Scientific Research

NASA uses hot air balloons to study the Earth and space.

Hot Air Balloon Day FAQs

How does a hot air balloon work?

A hot air balloon works through the weight difference that is established between the heated air in the balloon and the less cool air outside it. When the air in the balloon is heated by a burner, it becomes denser than the surrounding air, causing the balloon to elevate.

How high can a hot air balloon go?

A hot air balloon can reach an altitude multiple times that of an airplane. A NASA balloon has floated over 160,000 feet, which is almost six times higher than the normal altitude of a commercial airplane.

How far can a hot air balloon travel in a day?

This generally depends on the atmospheric conditions. The direction and speed of the wind are the chief determinants of the hot air balloon’s speed.

Hot Air Balloon Day Activities

  1. Take a ride in a hot air balloon

    Whether you want to appreciate nature from the sky or simply have fun, take a cruise on the hot air balloon today. You won’t regret the experience.

  2. Watch movies with hot air balloons

    Not everyone can afford a hot air balloon ride. So, sit back and imagine what it might be like while watching movies such as “Around the World in 80 Days.”

  3. Share fun facts on social media

    Share information with your contacts by posting interesting facts about hot air balloons on social media. Sharing is caring.

5 Interesting Facts About Hot Air Balloon

  1. They’re ancient

    The hot air balloon is regarded as the oldest form of human flight technology.

  2. Chinese sky lanterns were the inspiration

    The idea for hot hair balloons was derived from the Chinese practice of releasing sky lanterns.

  3. A form of communication

    The military used it to send signals in ancient times.

  4. It’s not so popular

    It receives little attention compared to other forms of aviation.

  5. It is luxurious

    Taking a ride on a hot air balloon is an expensive pass time.

Why We Love Hot Air Balloon Day

  1. They’re fun

    Hot air balloon rides are an exciting recreational trip. They’re even better when enjoyed with loved ones.

  2. Hot air balloons are safe

    Hot air balloons remain the only form of human flight technology with the fewest casualties.

  3. We can better appreciate nature

    Although you can enjoy nature from a helicopter, you get a quieter and clearer view when in a hot air balloon. Try it today and see for yourself.

Hot Air Balloon Day dates

YearDateDay
2023June 5Monday
2024June 5Wednesday
2025June 5Thursday
2026June 5Friday
2027June 5Saturday

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