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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.
Oct 15, 2009, 02:06 PM
Fly it like you stole it..
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I'd hate to have to do "show and tell" after that kid on Monday..
Oct 15, 2009, 02:09 PM
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Why not just fly a heli above the balloon and force it down?
Oct 15, 2009, 02:11 PM
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Is this a first in LTUP? Live coverage.
Oct 15, 2009, 02:13 PM
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Originally Posted by oldcoot88
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.
Oct 15, 2009, 02:13 PM
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Originally Posted by redbird340
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
Oct 15, 2009, 02:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Sprydle
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
Oct 15, 2009, 02:15 PM
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It's Dumbya's fault.
Oct 15, 2009, 02:20 PM
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Originally Posted by oldcoot88
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.
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.
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.
Oct 15, 2009, 02:27 PM
Thanks for the Fish!
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Originally Posted by Buran
Absolutely. Iím watching FOX and am patiently waiting for someone to suggest shooting it down
.
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...

http://www.connpost.com/ci_13568787
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.
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.
Oct 15, 2009, 02:30 PM
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Originally Posted by oldcoot88
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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