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Infographic: How do hot air balloons stay up?

08/06/2015 Jo Bailey Infographics

Everyone knows that taking a hot air balloon ride can be a highly enjoyable experience, whether you are with your family, a group of friends or just want to go sightseeing across some of the UK’s most beautiful regions. However, when it comes to the actual science behind the way the craft flies, sometimes even grown-ups can be stumped.

That is why we here at Bailey Balloons have come up with this infographic, which will hopefully make it clear just how balloons are able to get off the ground to provide some of the most memorable experiences around.

We will look at how hot air balloons are composed, including some of the materials that go into the different parts and how they all come together to make it fly. We will also cover a little of the basic science behind hot air balloons, such as how heated and ambient air interact and how it’s all manipulated to achieve flight.

However, that is not to say that we won’t look at some of the more remarkable feats from ballooning’s history, from the pioneering work of the Montgolfier brothers to record breakers like Vijaypat Singhania.

So, if you are ready to delve in, just like the thousands of people who go hot air ballooning across Britain every year, read on to see just how these fantastic craft really do stay up in the air.


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