PHOTOS: France’s Mass Hot Air Balloon Launch


The Lorraine Mondial Air Balloons festival at a former NATO airfield in eastern France broke two records this week: the first by launching 408 piloted hot air balloons within an hour on Wednesday, and the second by launching 391 balloons at once on Thursday, for the biggest simultaneous balloon launch ever, the Associated Press reported.

The festival in Chambley-BussieresĀ is organized by a descendent of the 18th century aeronautics pioneer Jean-Francois Pilatre de Rozier, according to AP.

Photos: AP Photo/ Alexandre Marchi/L’est Republicain, Pool