U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Championship Competition
RMBPJT39U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Championship Competition
A balloon carries the U.S. flag during the 21st annual White Sands Balloon Invitational at White Sands National Monument, N.M., Sept. 16. Balloonists came from Colorado, Arizona, Kansas, California, Texas and New Mexico for the two-day event, at which more than 50 balloons launched from both the balloon park in Alamogordo, N.M., and the White Sands National Monument. The event committee obtained a permit for balloons to fly over the monument, as normally private aircraft are not allowed in the airspace. Members of Team Holloman volunteered at the event.
RMCX8HKKA balloon carries the U.S. flag during the 21st annual White Sands Balloon Invitational at White Sands National Monument, N.M., Sept. 16. Balloonists came from Colorado, Arizona, Kansas, California, Texas and New Mexico for the two-day event, at which more than 50 balloons launched from both the balloon park in Alamogordo, N.M., and the White Sands National Monument. The event committee obtained a permit for balloons to fly over the monument, as normally private aircraft are not allowed in the airspace. Members of Team Holloman volunteered at the event.
A hot air balloon flying over Arches National Park near Moab, Utah.  In the foreground is the rock formation known as the Three Gossips.
RM2AF9H9FA hot air balloon flying over Arches National Park near Moab, Utah. In the foreground is the rock formation known as the Three Gossips.
5c Buffalo Balloon imperforate vertical pair, 1877. Perhaps the most enigmatic of all American stamps, the Buffalo balloon stamp is certainly among the premier rarities in aerophilately. Since it was privately issued for use with a standard U.S. postal service 3-cent stamp to pay for air handling of a mailed piece, it was (if one includes both private and government issues) the world’s first airmail stamp. The stamp is an accurate representation of the enormous 92,000 cubic foot “Buffalo” balloon of Professor Samuel Archer King (1828-1914), and was designed by John B. Lill
RM2GGBMH45c Buffalo Balloon imperforate vertical pair, 1877. Perhaps the most enigmatic of all American stamps, the Buffalo balloon stamp is certainly among the premier rarities in aerophilately. Since it was privately issued for use with a standard U.S. postal service 3-cent stamp to pay for air handling of a mailed piece, it was (if one includes both private and government issues) the world’s first airmail stamp. The stamp is an accurate representation of the enormous 92,000 cubic foot “Buffalo” balloon of Professor Samuel Archer King (1828-1914), and was designed by John B. Lill
A hot air balloon flying over Arches National Park near Moab, Utah.  In the foreground are the Tower of Babel and cottonwood trees with fall color.
RM2ACH5B7A hot air balloon flying over Arches National Park near Moab, Utah. In the foreground are the Tower of Babel and cottonwood trees with fall color.
Hot air balloon flying near red rock formation known as Bell Rock, Coconino National Forest, Sedona, AZ
RFG2JXKDHot air balloon flying near red rock formation known as Bell Rock, Coconino National Forest, Sedona, AZ
050431-N-1810F-097 Fort A.P. Hill, Va. (April 31, 2005) - A former military family shares their hot air balloon with Scouts, which add to the spirit of adventure during the National Boy Scouts Jamboree. More than 40,000 Boy Scouts from every state in America and dozens of other countries attended the Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill. U.S. Navy photo by All Hands Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Todd Frontom  (RELEASED) US Navy 050431-N-1810F-097 A former military family shares their hot air balloon with Scouts, which add to the spirit of adventure during the National Boy Scouts Jamboree
RMHFEE54050431-N-1810F-097 Fort A.P. Hill, Va. (April 31, 2005) - A former military family shares their hot air balloon with Scouts, which add to the spirit of adventure during the National Boy Scouts Jamboree. More than 40,000 Boy Scouts from every state in America and dozens of other countries attended the Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill. U.S. Navy photo by All Hands Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Todd Frontom (RELEASED) US Navy 050431-N-1810F-097 A former military family shares their hot air balloon with Scouts, which add to the spirit of adventure during the National Boy Scouts Jamboree
Lockhart, Texas, USA. 1st August, 2016. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) officials continue work Monday pinpointing the cause of Saturday's hot air balloon crash in a Texas field killing 16 people Saturday. It is the worst hot air balloon accident in U.S. history. Credit:  Bob Daemmrich/Alamy Live News
RMGFN1MJLockhart, Texas, USA. 1st August, 2016. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) officials continue work Monday pinpointing the cause of Saturday's hot air balloon crash in a Texas field killing 16 people Saturday. It is the worst hot air balloon accident in U.S. history. Credit: Bob Daemmrich/Alamy Live News
U.S. President George W. Bush, with the backdrop of a hot air balloon, delivers a speech to over 40,000 Boy Scouts at the 2005 National Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, July 31, 2005. Bush delivered a pep talk on Sunday to thousands of Boy Scouts, urging them not to waver after four tragic deaths and a rash of heat-related illnesses cast a pall over their camping 'jamboree.'  Reuters/Mannie Garcia
RM2D3J0XKU.S. President George W. Bush, with the backdrop of a hot air balloon, delivers a speech to over 40,000 Boy Scouts at the 2005 National Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, July 31, 2005. Bush delivered a pep talk on Sunday to thousands of Boy Scouts, urging them not to waver after four tragic deaths and a rash of heat-related illnesses cast a pall over their camping 'jamboree.' Reuters/Mannie Garcia
USA, Utah, Arches National Park, A hot air balloon flying near Moab, Utah. In the foreground is the rock formation known as the Three Gossips.
RM2C7DM1DUSA, Utah, Arches National Park, A hot air balloon flying near Moab, Utah. In the foreground is the rock formation known as the Three Gossips.
Hot air balloons prepare for lift off Thursday, May 9, 2013, during a preview event for the Walla Walla Balloon Stampede in Walla Walla, Washington. The Stampede plans to launch 42 balloons during the festival, each with crews of five or six people, with entries from as far away as Texas. (Photo by Richard Dickin/Tri-City Herald/MCT/Sipa USA)
RM2EYCGGKHot air balloons prepare for lift off Thursday, May 9, 2013, during a preview event for the Walla Walla Balloon Stampede in Walla Walla, Washington. The Stampede plans to launch 42 balloons during the festival, each with crews of five or six people, with entries from as far away as Texas. (Photo by Richard Dickin/Tri-City Herald/MCT/Sipa USA)
KRT SPORTS STORY SLUGGED: KENTUCKYDERBY KRT PHOTOGRAPH BY FRANK ANDERSON/LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER (May 1) FRANKFORT, KY - Lines form to take free Balloon rides at Gov. Ernie Fletcher's Kentucky Derby Breakfast, May 1, 2004, on the grounds of the State Capital in Frankfort, Kentucky. (Photo by smd) 2004
RM2F1A2N2KRT SPORTS STORY SLUGGED: KENTUCKYDERBY KRT PHOTOGRAPH BY FRANK ANDERSON/LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER (May 1) FRANKFORT, KY - Lines form to take free Balloon rides at Gov. Ernie Fletcher's Kentucky Derby Breakfast, May 1, 2004, on the grounds of the State Capital in Frankfort, Kentucky. (Photo by smd) 2004
A hot air balloon descends gently on a clear, calm evening in the vicinity of Trunk Road near the Parks Highway in Wasilla, Alaska. Sarah Palin's hometown of Wasilla is 40 miles northwest of Anchorage. It's a place of extreme contrasts - hard but beautiful winters, fleeting gorgeous summers, dramatic mountains, strip malls and expansive highways. (Photo by Evan R. Steinhauser/Anchorage Daily News/MCT/Sipa USA)
RM2F136C2A hot air balloon descends gently on a clear, calm evening in the vicinity of Trunk Road near the Parks Highway in Wasilla, Alaska. Sarah Palin's hometown of Wasilla is 40 miles northwest of Anchorage. It's a place of extreme contrasts - hard but beautiful winters, fleeting gorgeous summers, dramatic mountains, strip malls and expansive highways. (Photo by Evan R. Steinhauser/Anchorage Daily News/MCT/Sipa USA)