20 hot air balloons...most crowded lift off
A Padilhi.lr.. e e nf ihe Hie the into McKin. l e high readings fur Balloons Race In Albuquerque On Saturday A I . I ! I I Q U E R Q U E . N . Phngg probably would bo impressed if were in A l b u q u e r q u e Saturday At 7:'M a . m . . 20 hot air balloons scheduled I n l i f t nff f r o m A Coronado S h o p p i n g C e n t described as the most crowded h u t - balloon race ever held. T w e n t y o f I h e g i a n scheduled to t a k e part in Ihe great Where they will land is anybody 's 11 probably depends a lot on wind conditions. conditions. The race is being sponsored by r a d i o and t e l e v i s i o n honor I h e s l a l i o n ' s S O I h is Hie ItXHh anniversary of Ihe publication of the famous Jules Verne n d v e n l "Around the World in HO days," involving the adventures of Phineas Pluigg in a air balloon. Tom R u t h e r f o r d of K O I t , t h e race, said. "We hope A l b u q become the home of hot air ballooning the United Stales. We hope to impress halloonists with nnr New Mexico hospital- i t y and the uniqueness of our ideal clear skies and variable t e r r a i n nowhere else in (he cnunlry where such race can hi: witnessed from beginning end within Ihe c o m m u n i t y . The race is called " H n a d r Coyotes." The "llnadrunncr" balloon, belonging the bust Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association will be the Roadrun- ncr.scheduled lo lift o f f a l 7::Ul a.m. minutes l a t e r Ihe "Coyotes" will l W second intervals (o give chase. The object is In lam! as elnse as lo the l a n d i n g spot of the loading Pickup (rucks wilh two way radio miinicaliiHi will follow ihe balloons ehisely so the aernsiats will have assistance collapsing their balloons a f t e r they l Among the participants scheduled In in Ihe race is the current n a t i o n h n l l n n n i n g c h a m p i n n Flint. Mich.