Velikiye Luki hosts the annual International Balloon Meet
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.
Why in Velikiye Luki? Traditionally in June and July the weather conditions are almost ideal.
Flights start early in the morning — at sunrise the wind is stable and air pressure is normal.
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.
On the backdrop of the Russian landscape and the blue sky, these bright spots look even brighter.
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.