In response to The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge – Orange
Entry 1: The Great Park Balloon (at Orange County Great Park, CA)
“The Great Park Balloon is the Orange County Great Park’s iconic attraction. With the ability to hold up to 25 to 30 passengers, and soar 400 feet above the surrounding landscape, it serves as a public observation deck for the Great Park’s development and offers an unmatched 360° view that spans 40 miles on a clear day.” (ocgp. org).
Photographed on Sept. 3, 2012
The Great Park Ballon is one of the world’s largest helium passenger balloons.
- Balloon is filled with 210,000 cubic feet of helium
- Tethering cable tested to 50 tons
- Flys to 400 feet
- Ascent/descent speed of 3 feet per second
- Electric winch with 5 tons of pulling power
- Gondola carries up to 30 passengers
- Wheelchair friendly
And pets friendly, too.