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August 2015

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VIDEO: My First Stearman Flight

Written by , Posted in Adventure, airplane, Bealeton, Canon 7D, Samsung Galaxy EK-GC110, Transportation, Video, Virginia

My first open cockpit flight in a BT17 Stearman at the Flying Circus Balloon Festival in Bealeton, VA. (Photo by Steven Glintz.)

I went to the Flying Circus Balloon Festival (see photos here) thinking I would take a balloon ride, but worked up the courage to take a flight in the open cockpit Stearman biplane (also known as a PT17).  The one I flew in was built in the 1940s, and is the same style plane the Tuskegee Airman used to train on for World War II.

I was nervous since this was my first time in an open cockpit plane, but I’m so glad to have had this experience!!  It was better than riding a roller coaster.

Have you ever taken an open cockpit flight?  Let me know your experience in the comments.  Here’s a quick video I shot during the flight.

My pilot got me as close as possible to the balloons so I could get great shots.
view from 1940s Stearman flight at the Flying Circus Balloon Festival / photo by Renel Holton / www.renelholton.com / IMG_2368

It was about a 10 minute ride at 3,000 feet with an amazing view!

view from 1940s Stearman flight at the Flying Circus Balloon Festival / photo by Renel Holton / www.renelholton.com / IMG_2320

view from 1940s Stearman flight at the Flying Circus Balloon Festival / photo by Renel Holton / www.renelholton.com / IMG_2345

Steven Glintz, one of the other photographers at the meet up, was kind enough to snap this photo of me as I was taking a photo of my pilot in the mirror after I landed.

My first open cockpit flight in a BT17 Stearman at the Flying Circus Balloon Festival in Bealeton, VA. (Photo by Steven Glintz.)

My first open cockpit flight in a BT17 Stearman at the Flying Circus Balloon Festival in Bealeton, VA. (Photo by Steven Glintz.)

(Featured photo by Steven Glintz)

Tuesday

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August 2015

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Flying Circus Balloon Festival

Written by , Posted in Adventure, airplane, Bealeton, Canon 7D, Transportation, Virginia

Flying Circus Balloon Festival / photo by Renel Holton / www.renelholton.com / IMG_2205

I went to the Flying Circus Aerodrome Ballon Festival in Bealeton, VA with the intention of shooting the hot air balloons and possibly taking a ride.  I didn’t get to take a balloon ride because they sold out quickly, but as the morning went on I worked up the courage to ride in the open cockpit Stearman biplane.  I’ll post the video soon (you can view here), but for now here’s some shots from that morning.

Have you taken a hot air balloon ride?  Let me know your experience in the comments.

Hot air ballon in the early stages on being filled at the Flying Circus Balloon Festival / photo by Renel Holton / www.renelholton.com / IMG_1938

Hot air balloon in the early stages on being filled at the Flying Circus Balloon Festival

Hot air balloon being filled at the Flying Circus Balloon Festival / photo by Renel Holton / www.renelholton.com / IMG_2028

Hot air balloon being filled at the Flying Circus Balloon Festival

view from 1940s Stearman flight at the Flying Circus Balloon Festival / photo by Renel Holton / www.renelholton.com / IMG_2320

view from 1940s Stearman flight at the Flying Circus Balloon Festival

Pro Tip: Bring cash if you want to take a balloon ride and haven’t booked in advance.  Most of the pilots are independent contracts and only accept cash.

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April 2013

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Grand Canyon Eagle Point

Written by , Posted in Adventure, Arizona, Canon 7D, Grand Canyon, Nature, Travel, UNESCO World Heritage Site, United States

This was the perfect view of Eagle Point at the west rim of the Grand Canyon.  Now I understand why hikers and rock climbers get such a trill after reaching the top of a climb.  I wish everyone has a chance to visit the Grand Canyon at least once in their lifetime.  I felt a sense of peace and calm.

 

Eagle Point at the Grand Canyon West Rim - photo by Renel Holton - www.renelholton.com / 3134edit

Eagle Point at the Grand Canyon West Rim

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