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NM – The first place for the longest distance record in the gas balloon race
starting off from Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta won by the Swiss
team. Nearly 60 hours aloft for 2,278
miles the Swiss team landed near the Newfoundland border in a remote area in
Canada. The Swiss team of Nicolas Tieche
and Laurent Sciboz broke the record that was set in 2000 with 1,998 miles by brothers
David and Alan Levin.
The record flown
in Coupe Aeronautique Gordon Bennett championship in 2005 of 2,113 miles was
also broken by the Swiss Team. Andy
Cayton from the U.S. and Krzysztof Zapart from Poland took second place
touching down along the Quebec Coast on Tuesday. Peter Cuneo and Barbara Fricke from the
Albuquerque were champions last year landed in Vermont for third place. Eight gas balloons took off from the Balloon
Fiesta Park Saturday evening. This is
the 22nd America’s Challenge gas balloon race at the Albuquerque
International Balloon Fiesta.
NM – Balloonists arrived early in the morning for the first day of briefing
Competition to hear if they would be able to launch from outside the field and
head back into the field to compete. The
Competition that was to launch at 7 a.m. was cancelled because of high
winds. About an hour later the winds
lessened allowing the flags to change from yellow to green for balloons on
launch from the field. The launch off
the field filled the sky with bountiful colors.
Zebras were busy directing the balloons on the
field to launch. Zebras are people
dressed in black and white striped shirts to officiate as launch
directors. Zebras keep an orderly launch
of the balloons as they set for lift off at 7 a.m. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
has over 3000 dedicated volunteers that put long hours in daily to make the
Fiesta a number one event that multi-thousands of spectators attend. Chase crews are an essential group of
volunteers that help the pilots inflate, launch, land and deflate for each
NM – Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta has entered the 46th
year of prestigiously recognized as the Balloon Fiesta in the world. Balloonists from all over the world come to
Albuquerque, New Mexico to launch at Mass Ascension in the mornings at 7:00 am. Ceremonies start at 5:45 am with a
sophisticated Laser Light Show, Dawn Patrol Show, Krispy Kreme Morning Glow and
Opening Ceremonies before the official launching of hundreds of balloons.
America's Challenge Balloon Race Launch
Mass Ascension was a perfectly beautiful morning with all factors making for an
amazing launch. America’s Challenge
Balloon Race Inflation started at 2:00 in the afternoon with the official
launch completing by 7:15 pm. The day
ended with a Twilight Twinkle Glow and a combination of laser show and an
impressive fireworks display. The week
is filled with continuous events for the public to come out and enjoy and learn
from all the pilots and crew. The final
day is Sunday, October 15.
awaited solar eclipse for 2017 had millions of people mesmerized. All that traveled miles to a destination to
view were ecstatic with the experience. Not
the entire pathway had clear skies with clouds impacting and creating a unique
effect with small breaks in the sky in some areas but the effect was still ominous.
A one chance in a lifetime to witness
day turn into night for a little over two minutes as the moon blocked the
sun. Temperature dropped, nature became
quiet, Venus, Mercury and bright stars became visible for the brief moments of
this amazing phenomenon.
The corridor of the eclipse followed a pathway
from Oregon to South Carolina with a 70-mile pathway. The United States saw the last total solar
eclipse in 1979 that stretched over only five states in the Northwest
experiencing total darkness.
Forks, ND – Tesla opened up for Poison at the Alerus Center for the XXX
tour. Thousands of fans packed the arena
to embrace the first tour in five years of all four original Poison
members. Both bands, Tesla and Poison
were popular in the 1980’s and they proved their energy and talent remained
strong as fans stood the whole evening and rock ‘n’ rolled to the music.
is an American rock band that has sold over 50 million records worldwide with
15 million records in the United States alone.
Bret Michaels, lead singer of Poison asked the crowd to be fully engaged
as a recording was being made to share with the military. Poison sang,
“Something to Believe In” as the performance and fans were being recorded. The four original members of Poison
performed; Bret Michaels, Bobby Dall, Rikki Rockett and C.C. DeVille. Tesla is celebrating 30 years of music and has
sold over 25 million records.
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