Harvard Ballooning Society Meet - Hudson, NY - 11/23/03

The newly-formed Harvard Ballooning Society met to fly for the first time at Columbia County Airport in Hudson, NY over the weekend of November 22-23, 2003. The Society was founded by approximately forty Juniors of the Class of 2005, and is sanctioned by Harvard University as an official school activity. More than six commercial balloon pilots were on hand over this weekend to provide ground and flight instruction to the Society members, led by "Head Coach" and pilot, Richard Powell Sr. About a dozen Society members gained their student pilots' certificates and logged flight instruction time over the course of this weekend.

I was more than happy to join in on the Sunday morning flight, performing duty as the official camera ship in my homebuilt ultralight hot air balloon, "Oscar." Floating amongst the other balloons on a picturesque, crisp, cold November morning in New York state is yet another experience that continues to remind me of the inherent beauty of hot air ballooning. I'm still profoundly overjoyed that ballooning and all the wonderful people involved are able to be such a major part of my life.

Diane Eachus inflates Harry Collison's balloon on the morning of 11/22/03 :)

The new Harvard Society balloon, "Aeritas"

L-R: Keith Sproul, Lou Minello, Bob Mueller, Dick Powell

Threshold of Runway 21

The seven chase crews line up and get ready to depart the taxiway

Playing around right after takeoff

Lou Minello floats far off to the North

Bob's Rally 126

The Society's new balloon

On Approach

Basketful of student pilots and an instructor!

Keith teaches precision landings

Back in the air for some more playing around

Over the OTB

Shadows on the fog

Keith takes the low road