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Orlando Balloon Rides has sent a massive new balloon on its maiden flight over central Florida. It is the largest balloon in the United States and will give rides to the public starting tomorrow.
ORLANDO, FL (Catholic Online) - The giant balloon is 112 feet high and 90 feet wide when fully inflated. That's four times the measure of a standard hot-air balloon. The basket holds 24 passengers, up from a maximum of 18 in standard baskets.
Thursday's flight included contest winners and honored combat veterans.
Balloons of this type are common in Europe, which is where the new balloon was constructed.
Balloons such as this cost about $275,000 and rides on the balloon cost $175 per person. For a four-hour experience including 1 hour of air time.
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