We've compiled several stories and resources to help you learn all about
how hot air balloons fly, what it is like to crew for one, and what's
involved in becoming a pilot:
How Balloons Fly
This short story describes exactly what gets these beautiful craft into
How Balloons Race
"Race" may not be the best choice of words
to describe hot air balloon competition since balloons have no steering and
you can't control their speed. You'll find out how pilots are able to
manuever to a target in this interesting description of competitive
Getting Paid to Fly Balloons
Learn how a fortunate few are able to earn a living in this wonderful sport.
Pilots would seldom get off the ground without 'em. Passengers would
be stranded wherever the balloon lands. Find out why the ground crews
that work behind the scene are so important - and why crewing is so
This article by Ruth Ludwig originally appeared in the November 1995
issue of Flight Training magazine. It is a great overview of how hot air balloons
fly, what it takes to become a pilot, and why balloon flight is so addicting!
It is reprinted here with permission.