Flying over Russia in a hot-air balloon

Velikiye Luki hosts the annual International Balloon Meet

Hot-air balloon
Hot-air balloon By ARTEM MEDVEDEV

The Russian town of  Velikiye Luki , located 471 kilometers from Moscow, hosts the annual International Balloon Meet for aeronauts, featuring launches and competitions.

Hot-air balloon
Hot-air balloon By ARTEM MEDVEDEV

This year’s international meet and conference took place on June 6-20, 2015.

43 participants from five countries came to fly hot-air balloons over Russia.

Hot-air balloon
Hot-air balloon By ARTEM MEDVEDEV

Why in Velikiye Luki? Traditionally in June and July the weather conditions are almost ideal.

Hot-air balloon
Hot-air balloon By ARTEM MEDVEDEV

Flights start early in the morning — at sunrise the wind is stable and air pressure is normal.

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Hot-air balloon By ARTEM MEDVEDEV

 

The festival in Velikiye Luki is not the only place to observe Russia from the hot-air balloon. You can also check out the “Golden Ring of Russia” festival on July 15-19 in Rostov and Pereslavl-Zalessky (about 145 km from Moscow).
Hot-air balloon
Hot-air balloon By ARTEM MEDVEDEV

High-flying air balloons have been known to mankind for going on 230 years. If all kinds of mechanisms and designs have fundamentally changed over the centuries-long technological evolution, the air balloon has remained the same in its essence and its construction.

Hot-air balloon
Hot-air balloon By ARTEM MEDVEDEV

On the backdrop of the Russian landscape and the blue sky, these bright spots look even brighter.

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Hot-air balloon over the city By ARTEM MEDVEDEV

The first flight on an aerostat (Greek for “standing in the air”) in history was completed by a very unusual team: the happy travelers were a duck, a rooster, and a lamb.

By Ksenia Isaeva

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