Hot air balloon launch in France soars past record

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Posted: Friday, August 2, 2013 12:00 am

PARIS (AP) - A hot air balloon festival at a former NATO airfield in eastern France broke two records in as many days this week - first by sending up 408 piloted balloons in an hour, then by lining up 391 balloons on the runways and sending them up together.

The sound of hundreds of gas burners blasting simultaneously is extraordinary, said Denis Martignon, a pilot who flew both days.

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