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Today, hot air balloons are used primarily for recreation. There are some 7,500 hot air balloons operating in the United States.


Hot air balloons are able to fly to extremely high altitudes. On November 26, 2005, Vijaypat Singhania set the world altitude record for highest hot air balloon flight, reaching 21,290 metres (69,849 feet). He took off from downtown Bombay, India and landed 240 kilometres (149 miles) south in Panchale. The previous record of 19,811 m (64,997 ft) had been set by Per Lindstrand on June 6, 1988 in Plano, Texas. However, like all registered aircraft, oxygen is needed for all crew and passengers for any flight that reaches and exceeds an altitude of 12,500 ft (3,810 m).

The present absolute world balloon altitude record was set 4 May 1961 when Malcolm Ross and Victor Prather piloted a Winzen polyethylene balloon to 34,466 m (113,077 ft) above the Gulf of Mexico. Tragically, Prather drowned at landing when his pressure suit filled with water.


The Virgin Pacific Flyer capsule on a frozen lake in the Canadian tundra after the first and only crossing of the Pacific in a hot air balloon. Most of the giant jettisonable propane fuel tanks are no longer attached. One still hangs in front of the two-man sealed pressurized capsule. The flight holds the distance record for a hot air balloon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hot air balloon ride are a great way to see the Napa Valley for visitors and locals. The views are spectacular the rides breath taking.

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Above The West Hot Air Balloon
P O Box 2290, Yountville, CA 94599-1304
707-944-8638 
 
Adventures Aloft
6525 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599-1300
707-944-4408  800-944-4408
 
Balloon Aviation of Napa Valley
PO Box 2500, Yountville 94599  800-367-6272

Balloons Above The Valley
5091 S Solano Ave, Napa, CA 94558 707 253-2222

 
Balloon Aviation-Napa Valley
6525 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599-1300
707-944-4400
 
Bonaventura Balloon Corporation
PO Box 78, Rutherford, CA 94573-0078 707 944-2822
 
Calistoga Balloon Company 707 942-5754
 
Hot Air & Co
Sebastopol, CA 707 823-6892

Napa Valley Balloons Inc.
6795 Washington St # C, Yountville, CA 94599-1353
707-944-0228

 
Napa Valley Drifters Hot Air 
3686 Beckworth Dr, Napa, CA 707 252-7210
 
Sonoma Hot Air Balloon Clasic
1610 Shiloh Rd, Windsor, CA 707 837-1884
 
 
 
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The furthest that a hot air balloon has ever been flown is 7,671.91 km (4,767.23 mi) 7,671.91 km. On January 15, 1991, the Virgin Pacific Flyer balloon completed the longest flight in a hot air balloon when Per Lindstrand (born in Sweden, but resident in the UK) and Richard Branson of the UK flew from Japan to Northern Canada.

With a volume of 74,000 cubic metres (2,600,000 cubic feet), the balloon envelope was the largest ever built for a hot air craft. Designed to fly in the trans-oceanic jet streams the Pacific Flyer recorded the highest ground speed for a manned balloon at 245 mph (394.3 km/h).

The longest duration hot air balloon flight ever made is 50 hours and 38 minutes made by Michio Kanda and Hirosuke Tekezawa of Japan on January 2, 1997.

 
 
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