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Old Oct 15, 2009, 02:02 PM
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Are you guys watching the boy in the balloon right now?

I hope the kid is OK, and I imagine a husband is going to be chewed out by wifey.

It's on all the news channels.
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Old Oct 15, 2009, 02:06 PM
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I'd hate to have to do "show and tell" after that kid on Monday..
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Old Oct 15, 2009, 02:09 PM
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Why not just fly a heli above the balloon and force it down?
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Old Oct 15, 2009, 02:11 PM
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Is this a first in LTUP? Live coverage.
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Old Oct 15, 2009, 02:13 PM
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Why not just fly a heli above the balloon and force it down?
The balloon looks pretty fragile, I would think that the downwash would destroy it.

It's a pretty difficult rescue - maybe a large net slung between two helicopters would do the trick, so that they don't damage the baloon with their downwash?

Hope he makes it - poor kid must be terrified.
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Old Oct 15, 2009, 02:13 PM
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Is this a first in LTUP? Live coverage.

I choose to watch it on FOX; I want the right wing and anti-Obama slant

This better ot be a hoax
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Old Oct 15, 2009, 02:14 PM
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The balloon looks pretty fragile, I would think that the downwash would destroy it.

It's a pretty difficult rescue - maybe a large net slung between two helicopters would do the trick, so that they don't damage the baloon with their downwash?

Hope he makes it - poor kid must be terrified.

Two aircraft in close proximity is always dangerous
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Old Oct 15, 2009, 02:15 PM
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It's Dumbya's fault.
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Old Oct 15, 2009, 02:20 PM
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It's Dumbya's fault.

Absolutely. Iím watching FOX and am patiently waiting for someone to suggest shooting it down

Seriously, a balloon expert says this thing COULD stay up for days, weeks. I bet this kid is freaked.
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Old Oct 15, 2009, 02:22 PM
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OMG...that thing took off less than 5 miles from me..

I guess I should turn on the TV or Radio more often.
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Old Oct 15, 2009, 02:25 PM
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I want the right wing and anti-Obama slant
I bet the unexpected lift, caused by the sudden warming of air, was the result of a collective passing of gas by a gathering of right-wingers at a tea party in the area.

Thermals courtesy of your local right-wingers.
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Old Oct 15, 2009, 02:27 PM
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Absolutely. Iím watching FOX and am patiently waiting for someone to suggest shooting it down
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First thing that came to mind when I saw it on the tube a sniper in a hile needs to put a small hole in it...

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Old Oct 15, 2009, 02:29 PM
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If the burner is running, it seems like the balloon should be stiff enough that a heli's downwash wouldn't collapse it, provided there's enough vertical separation. Wonder if the kid knows how to turn off the burner.
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Old Oct 15, 2009, 02:29 PM
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The right wing slant at Fox has caused the left portion of the balloon to collapse. Looks like, if he's in there (if he ever really was in there), he'll be coming in for a landing directly.
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Old Oct 15, 2009, 02:30 PM
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If the burner is running, it seems like the balloon should be stiff enough that a heli's downwash wouldn't collapse it, provided there's enough vertical separation. Wonder if the kid knows how to turn off the burner.
It's not a hot air balloon.
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