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2011 Wah Chang Art and Air Festival

Friday, August 26- Sunday, August 29, 2011
Timber Linn Park, Albany, OR


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Live From Hot Air Balloon
Friday, 8/26 during the Morning Update

Join us at the 2011 Wah Chang Art and Air Festival

Wah Chang Art and Air Festival Live Broadcast from Hot Air Balloon- Setting up the Hot Air Balloon Wah Chang Art and Air Festival Live Broadcast from Hot Air Balloon- Setting up the Hot Air Balloon Wah Chang Art and Air Festival Live Broadcast from Hot Air Balloon- Setting up the Hot Air Balloon Wah Chang Art and Air Festival Live Broadcast from Hot Air Balloon- Setting up the Hot Air Balloon

Albany’s Signature Event with Free Family Fun!


Audio (MP3 Files) and Pictures from 2007 Wah Chang Art and Air Festival Live Radio Broadcast From Hot Air Balloon at 2000+ feet

Audio and Pictures from 2007 Wah Chang Art and Air Festival Balloon Launch (Friday, August 24th, 6am - 8:15am). The launch site is Timberlinn Park in Albany, Oregon home of the annual event.

Download and/ or listen to free mp3 of live radio broadcast from thousands of feet altitude.


Pictures from the Broadcast
Each of the pictures below are available in high-resolution. To view high-resolution picture just click on the thumbnail picture.
Wah Chang Art and Air Festival Live Broadcast from Hot Air Balloon- Setting up the Hot Air Balloon
Balloon Crew and Pilot(r)Randall Fuehrer prepare the balloon, Magic, installing the burner.
Balloon basket is laid down in preparation of connection to the balloon.
Wah Chang Art and Air Festival Live Broadcast from Hot Air Balloon- Setting up the Hot Air Balloon
Wah Chang Art and Air Festival Live Broadcast from Hot Air Balloon- Setting up the Hot Air Balloon
First Balloon launched from Timberlinn Park.
While second balloon is inflating the first rises above the park.
Wah Chang Art and Air Festival Live Broadcast from Hot Air Balloon- Setting up the Hot Air Balloon
Wah Chang Art and Air Festival Live Broadcast from Hot Air Balloon- Setting up the Hot Air Balloon
The balloon is unrolled.
Balloon is initially inflated with large fan then filled with hot air (see basket and blower prepped for this process above).
Wah Chang Art and Air Festival Live Broadcast from Hot Air Balloon- Setting up the Hot Air Balloon
Wah Chang Art and Air Festival Live Broadcast from Hot Air Balloon- Setting up the Hot Air Balloon
More balloons inflate, minutes from launch.
Wah Chang Art and Air Festival Live Broadcast from Hot Air Balloon- Setting up the Hot Air Balloon
Up, Up and Away.
Wah Chang Art and Air Festival Live Broadcast from Hot Air Balloon- Setting up the Hot Air Balloon
Balloon Magic is ready for Jim Willhight to board for the in-flight live radio broadcast.
View of South Albany looking southwest. Note balloons below and Highway 99-E to the right.
Wah Chang Art and Air Festival Live Broadcast from Hot Air Balloon- Setting up the Hot Air Balloon
Wah Chang Art and Air Festival Live Broadcast from Hot Air Balloon- Setting up the Hot Air Balloon
View of two balloons and field south of Albany.
View north. I-5 is to the right. Albany Airport and Home Depot are right (upper center).
Wah Chang Art and Air Festival Live Broadcast from Hot Air Balloon- Setting up the Hot Air Balloon
Lexington is in the center. Millersburg, Wah Chang and Weyerhaeuser Mill in upper center.
Wah Chang Art and Air Festival Live Broadcast from Hot Air Balloon- Setting up the Hot Air Balloon
View to Northeast (toward Crabtree and Scio) of ground fog.
View west of Mary's Peak and Corvallis (smoke stacks).
Wah Chang Art and Air Festival Live Broadcast from Hot Air Balloon- Setting up the Hot Air Balloon
Target Distribution center is in lower right.

View west of Shedd as we lower altitude in preparation of landing.
Wah Chang Art and Air Festival Live Broadcast from Hot Air Balloon- Setting up the Hot Air Balloon

Highway 99-e runs left to right in upper center of picture.
No safe landing side near Shedd so we landed several miles further Southwest with the final landing spot northwest of the Halsey mill.
Wah Chang Art and Air Festival Live Broadcast from Hot Air Balloon- Setting up the Hot Air Balloon
A surface wind caused us to be pulled along the ground sideways (hang on for dear life) for the rough, but fun landing.

We went up to about 2800 feet during the flight which from start to finish was was about 16+ miles (we did zig zag adding more distance). Check out the Google Earth view of the start and end points below.

Google Earth Map of Balloon Launch and Landing Points

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Launch Location at Timberlinn Park in Albany
Wah Chang Art and Air Festival Live Broadcast from Hot Air Balloon- Launch Location at Timberlinn Park, Albany, Oregon
Wah Chang Art and Air Festival Live Broadcast from Hot Air Balloon- Landing Location between Halsey and Shedd
Landing Location between Halsey and Shedd
Wah Chang Art and Air Festival Live Broadcast from Hot Air Balloon- Landing Location between Halsey and Shedd
Balloon Trip Route
Images from Google Earth, (c), Google, Inc.

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