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How to pack a hot air balloon….

April 1, 2013

On my recent trip to Myanmar I experienced an amazing hot air balloon flight at sunrise over the ancient city of Bagan.

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What fascinated me afterward is just how quickly the balloons were deflated and packed (it took only about 20 minutes). So here is how it gets done….

After a picture-perfect landing

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you have the ground crew squeeze out all the air out of the balloon….

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squeeze really hard…..

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fold it all together…..

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but wait, this will never fit!

This requires a bit of extra effort 🙂

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there you go – all packed up!

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