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Flying Circus Balloon Festival

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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.

Flying Circus Balloon Festival / photo by Renel Holton / www.renelholton.com / IMG_2058

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

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

Flying Circus Balloon Festival / photo by Renel Holton / www.renelholton.com / IMG_2090

Three hot air balloons in flight at the Flying Circus Balloon Festival / photo by Renel Holton / www.renelholton.com / IMG_2165

Three hot air balloons in flight at the Flying Circus Balloon Festival

 

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