La fiera delle mongolfiere

Volano per la 44a volta nei cieli di Albuquerque, in New Mexico, mongolfiere di ogni fattezza. Per nove giorni le vivaci mattinate autunnali nella valle del Rio Grande creano uno scenario surreale, soprattutto durante le cosiddette “ascensioni di massa”, la più spettacolare esibizione di suoni e colori in tutta l’aviazione. Idirettori di lancio, noti anche come zebre per i loro abiti a strisce bianche e nere, fungono da poliziotti del traffico, coordinando il lancio in modo che i palloni lascino il campo in modo sicuro e coordinato. Se il tempo lo permette, i palloni iniziano a essere lanciati verso le 7:00 del mattino nei giorni di ascensione di massa, guidati da un pallone con la bandiera americana. (foto Ap)

La “Preghiera in mongolfiera”

Che i venti ti accolgano con dolcezza.
Possa il sole benedirti con le sue mani calde.
Possa tu volare così in alto e così bene che Dio
si unisce a te in una risata e ti mette delicatamente
di nuovo tra le braccia amorevoli della Madre Terra.

Elijah Sanchez, right, helps pilot Troy Bradley, left, prepare for liftoff in Albuquerque, N.M., on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. Sanchez, 20, will be among the youngest pilots to launch as part of this year's Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The nine-day event is expected to draw several hundred thousand spectators and hundreds of balloonists from around the world. It will kick off Oct. 5 with a mass ascension. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)
A hot air balloon inflates in Albuquerque, N.M., on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. The annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is expected to draw several hundred thousand spectators and hundreds of balloonists from around the world. It will kick off Oct. 5 with a mass ascension. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)
Elijah Sanchez helps inflate a hot air balloon in Albuquerque, N.M., on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. Sanchez, 20, will be among the youngest pilots to launch as part of this year's Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The nine-day event is expected to draw several hundred thousand spectators and hundreds of balloonists from around the world. It will kick off Oct. 5 with a mass ascension. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)
Elijah Sanchez starts a fan to inflating a hot air balloon in Albuquerque, N.M., on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. Sanchez, 20, will be among the youngest pilots to launch as part of this year's Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The nine-day event is expected to draw several hundred thousand spectators and hundreds of balloonists from around the world. It will kick off Oct. 5 with a mass ascension. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)
FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2015, file photo, hot air balloons fly during the 44th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, N.M. The nine-day event attracts hundreds of balloonists and thousands of spectators from around the world. Hundreds of hot air balloons will lift off from the New Mexico desert over nine days, scheduled to begin on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, as part of one of the world's largest festivals dedicated to the sport of ballooning. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2011, file photo, thousands of spectators mingle among inflating hot air balloons at the 40th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, N.M. Hundreds of hot air balloons will lift off from the New Mexico desert over nine days, scheduled to begin on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, as part of one of the world's largest festivals dedicated to the sport of ballooning. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)
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