Day 5 - October 9, 2002
Page 1

"Flight of the Nations"

10-9-02_08

As always the day began with a Dawn Patrol. Today was a little different though,
there were a lot more balloons participating in the "Dawn Patrol Show".
And I had the right film in my camera this morning!!

Above, from left to right: Viento Encantado; Mr. Twister; Eos

10-9-02_13

Left to right: Bacardi Mixers; Aimless; Burgandy Balloon (?); Her Highness; Starwalker; BP America; Athena (?); Unknown; Brilliant Shadow; Achieving Amazing Altitudes
10-9-02_14

Achieving Amazing Altitudes (AAA New Mexico)
10-9-02-1-17

left to right: Brilliant Shadow (on ground); Cricket's Encore (on ground); AAA (in air); Mr Twister(in air); BP America (in air)
10-9-02-1-18

Name unknown
10-9-02_19

Part of the first wave getting ready to go, just waiting for the Flight of Nations to conclude. Click on the picture for balloon names.
10-9-02_21

Some of the International balloons getting ready, from left to right: Southern Cross from New Zealand; Kaleidescope from Ireland; Stormy Weather from Austria and you can just see the ears of Victor the Bear from Belgium peaking up over Kaleidescope.
10-9-02_25

"Flight of the Nations"

(clockwise from top left) Papillon - France; Stormy Weather - Austria; Southern Cross - New Zealand; Victor the Bear - Belgium
10-9-02_1-06

This is a combination of the Flight of Nations and the first wave of other balloons. Not sure of the top two balloons or the yellow one in the middle, but the two dark ones are Black Knight and Poverty with a View. The Eagle is Anton from Switzerland and the yellow one just above Anton is one of the Warsteiner balloons from Germany (they had several identical balloons entered)
10-9-02-1-02

This poor guy didn't know what he was in store for...

Click picture for balloon names
10-9-02-1-9

He's slowly being swallowed by balloons!
10-9-02_1-10

Completely engulfed! Follow the line and you can see where he is, in between the two balloons. (oh, and that's Steve in the foreground)
10-9-02-1-08

Rick and Michael (click picture for balloon names)
10-9-02_1-13

Peek-a-Boo!!

That's Lady Jester from Baton Rouge Louisiana peaking over the top of Polar Son and Air Bear.
10-9-02_1-14

Almost full! (that's Steve and Melanie holding the skirt)
10-9-02_2-00a

Going Hot!
10-9-02-1-20

Polar Son's namesake
10-9-02-2-02

And away they go!
10-9-02_1-19

Falcon
Orlando, Florida
10-9-02-1-21

Early morning light, the sun's full up but because balloons are blocking the light it appears to be barely dawn.
10-9-02-1-24

(left to right) Sunset Rise; Oklahoma Centennial; Carousel; Gloria Caeli
And onto page 2, mass ascension pics...

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