PICTURES: Hundreds of hot air balloons take flight to break world record

Posted by Christi Nortier on 30 July 2019

Over 400 hot air balloons took to the skies at the Grand Est Mondial Air Ballons festival this week to break the festival’s own world record of the highest number of balloons to take off.

The balloons were launched over a period of an hour in an attempt to break the world record of the most hot air balloons simultaneously taking off – in the end, 456 balloons were lined up.

The launch took place in the east of France at the Grand Est Mondial Air Ballons festival at Chambley-Bussières airbase.

The festival takes place every two years and at every event there is an attempt to break a world record.

For 30 years, crews from around the world have gathered for these mass ascents which take place twice a day over 10 days.

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Take off ! #gemab19 #ballooning

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Feature image: A.Marchi/ Grand Est Mondial Air Ballons.

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