Up, Up and Away Party Supplies is one of the most popular kids’ birthday party themes of all times. So, if you were searching for Up, Up and Away Party Supplies you’ve landed on the right page. Kids love air-travel. They love hot balloons. They would surely love Up, Up and Away Party Supplies.
Up, Up and Away Party Supplies – The Background
Up, Up and Away Party Supplies are based on hot air balloon, the oldest human-carrying flight technology that had been successful. The hot air balloon is an important part of a class of aircraft known as balloon aircraft. Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and François Laurent d’Arlandes performed the first untethered manned flight in a hot air balloon on November 21, 1783, in Annonay, France. The hot air balloon was made by the Montgolfier brothers on December 14, 1782.
A hot air balloon has got the envelope, a bag that can contain heated air. A gondola or wicker basket is suspended beneath that is used to carry the passengers. In high-altitude or long-distance balloons sometimes a capsule is used instead of the basket. The basket, apart from carrying the passengers, also has an open flame or any other form of source of heat. The heated air inside the envelope developes lower density than the relatively cold air outside the envelope and makes the balloon buoyant.
In gas balloons, the envelope has to be sealed at the bottom due to the difference in air pressure at the bottom of the envelope and the surrounding air. But in the hot air balloon, the air pressure near the bottom of the envelope is same as the air surrounding so the envelope does not have to be sealed at the bottom. In the modern sport balloons the envelope is normally made from nylon fabric. The inlet of the balloon is closest to the burner flame and so it is made from Nomex or other fire resistant material.
Since mid-1970s, hot air balloons are being made in all kinds of shapes like shapes of various commercial products, cartoon characters, rocket ships etc. Hot air balloons, like all aircrafts cannot fly beyond the atmosphere. Rather than just being pushed along by the wind, the hot air balloons that can be propelled through the air are called thermal airships.
Unmanned hot air balloons originated in China. In 220–280 AD, during the Three Kingdoms era, Zhuge Liang of the Shu Han kingdom used hot air balloons as airborne lanterns (known as Kongming lanterns) for military signaling. British hot air balloonist Julian Nott has proved twice that the famous Nazca ground figures and lines, made between 400 and 650 AD by the Nazca culture of Peru were designed with the help of hot air balloons. On August 8, 1709, Bartolomeu de Gusmão demonstrated a the first documented hot air balloon flight in Europe. In front of the Portuguese court and King John V, he was able to lift a balloon full of hot air about 4.5 meters from the ground.
In Annonay, Ardeche, France, the Montgolfier brothers, Joseph-Michel and Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier had developed a hot air balloon. On June 4, 1783, they publicly demonstrated a flight that lasted 10 minutes. The Montgolfier brothers experimented a lot with unmanned balloons and flights with animals. On October 15, 1783, Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier performed the first balloon flight with humans aboard. It was a tethered (corded) flight. On the same day, Pilatre de Rozier became the second human to travel into the air to the length of the tether, 80 ft (24 m).
A few weeks later, on November 21, 1783, the first free (untethered) flight with human passengers was performed. De Rozier and Marquis François d’Arlandes were the passengers, although King Louis XVI had originally ordered that condemned criminals would be the first pilots. In 1794, during the battle of Fleurus in Europe, the first military use of a hot air balloon happened when the French used the balloon l’Entreprenant as an observation post.
During the 1950s Ed Yost developed the modern hot air balloons with an onboard heat source and on October 22, 1960 he performed his first successful flight. Bristol Belle was the first modern hot air balloon to be made in the United Kingdom in 1967. In the modern times, hot air balloons are used mainly for recreation.
Hot air balloons can fly to extremely high altitudes. Vijaypat Singhania of India has set the world record for highest altitude hot air balloon flight. He started from downtown Mumbai, India and landed in Panchale, 150 miles (240 km) far. During the flight, he reached an altitude of 68,986 ft (21,027 meters), a world record. He broke the record set by Per Lindstrand, who had reached 64,997 ft (19,811 meters) in Plano, Texas on June 6, 1988.
The record for the longest flight in a hot air balloon was set by Per Lindstrand, (Sweden born, UK resident) and and Richard Branson of the UK when they flew from Japan to Northern Canada in their Virgin Pacific Flyer balloon on January 15, 1991. They covered 4,767.10 miles (7,671.91 km). The balloon envelope was also the largest ever built for a hot air craft with a volume of 2.6 million cubic feet (74 thousand cubic meters). The Pacific Flyer also set the record for the fastest ground speed for a manned balloon at 394 km/h (245 mph).
Bertrand Piccard, Swiss psychiatrist and grandson of Auguste Piccard and Briton Brian Jones set the longest duration record when they spent 19 days, 21 hours, and 55 minutes in the Breitling Orbiter 3. It was the first nonstop flight around the world by balloon. The trip started on March 1, 1999, from Château-d’Oex, Switzerland and ended on March 21 at 1:02 a.m. in the Egyptian desert 480 km (300 miles) south of Cairo. The record for the shortest time taken to travel around the world in a hot air balloon is for 320 hours 33 minutes set by Steve Fossett.
Up, Up and Away Party Supplies – The Options
You may select Basic Party Pack from our Up, Up and Away Party Supplies which includes all the stuff you need for 8 guests. Or you may go with the Deluxe Party Pack from our Up, Up and Away Party Supplies that has much more items than the Up, Up and Away Basic Pack. The Up, Up and Away deluxe pack is also for 8 guests. If you need favor boxes as well, I would suggest you to choose the combination of Deluxe Party Pack & 8 Favor Boxes from our Up, Up and Away Party Supplies as it would cost you much more if you purchase them separately. If you think that the number of guests may exceed 8 you should consider Up, Up and Away Party Pack Add-On as it contains extra items for the extra guests. You may order Up, Up and Away Party Favor Boxes separately as well.
I’ve personally used Up, Up and Away Party Supplies for my kid’s birthday and through my personal experience I would recommend it to all Up, Up and Away lover kids. Hot air balloon fans will surely adore Up, Up and Away Party Supplies.