Monday Balloon Fiesta Photo BlogOctober 8th, 2012 at 5:31 am by KRQE Staff under Photos
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8:50am: Balloons fill the skies. The field is now being cleared for this morning competition. FIT, this is the ‘fly-in task’ which is a target competition and the well known card game Texas Hold ‘em. The high ‘Box’ could make the winner of today’s competitons.
8:47am: Special shape balloon from Albuquerque, Smokey takes off
8:45am: Balloon field is about to shift. Officials are going to ask people to clear the field for the mornings competition
8:43am: 2 KASA Face of FOX, Micheal Newman speaks with William from Sadies
8:41am: Special shape “Little Fireman” from Glens Falls, New York
8:32am: Fan favorite Darth Vader balloon flies by
8:31am: The Albuquerque Box is in effect today. The fall weather in Albuquerque is known for its clear days and cool morning temperatures. This weather and what is known as the Albuquerque “box” allows visitors to see hundreds of balloons creating a kaleidoscope of color in the Albuquerque sky – there is nothing like it anywhere else in the world.
8:25am: June Romero from the NM Quilters Association join Nikki and Kristen on set
8:17am: Non-competitor balloons fly over the field
8:08am: And we’re off! The National Anthem just sung and the balloon carrying the American Flag just tool off. Nikki, Kristen and Tom Garrity watch as the Route 66 Balloon drifts by.
8:05am: Here’s your Balloon Fiesta almanac update. Currently wind gusts are at 8mph.
8:00am: Balloons are beginning to inflate on field. We are now broadcasting the NM Style show. Welcome our new w 2 KASA Fox Face Micheal Newman.
7:42am: Non competitors are setting up on field. They will be listening to their aircraft radio for any additional updates on whether they are good to launch this morning. Competitive pilots are setting up 1 mile off field in hopes that once balloons launch on field conditions will have time to improve for competition. Winds are decompressing but not as quickly as they hoped, so we are all waiting, and hoping
6:45am: As of now, balloons will not launch however officials are hopeful. They are expecting once the sun comes up that the high winds that currently are an issue will subside. There will be another pilot briefing at 7:15 to determine if competition will go on this morning.
The temperature at the pilot briefing tower is 38 degrees with north westernly winds at 2 knots. The winds above the surface are the issue. When you get to 500 ft – 1,800 ft the winds increase to 30-40 knots.
5:56am Pilot briefing will be at 6:15am. Balloon official says its looking good so far and if there will be the Albuquerque Box today, it will high up.
5:37am: Pilots lifted off last night trying to make it as far as possible to win the 17th annual event gas balloon race. There are only five teams this year mainly because organizers switched the event from helium to hydrogen. Last years winners reached the Canadian border after three days up in the air. Follow the race here »
5:31: Heading over the pilot briefing shortly. Very cold this morning!