433 Hot Air Balloons Set Flight At Once, Breaking a World Record

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Seeing lovely balloons shaped like french chateaus, chubby cartoon characters, and slender wine bottles taking flight simultaneously is a rare spectacle. But that’s about what happens every other year at the Lorraine Mondial festival in Chambley-Bussières, France. This year, on July 26, 433 balloons sailed into the air, breaking the world record for the most balloons to take flight at once from the same area. (The biennial event broke the record in 2013, too, with 391 balloons.)

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This year’s festival hosted at the Chambley-Bussières air base attracted thousands of hot-air-balloon pilots and spectators from more than 40 countries.

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