Jill Tallman

‘Mythbusters’ taking on balloons?

June 24, 2010 by Jill W. Tallman, Associate Editor

We have it on very good authority (and by “authority,” I mean the folks who can ruin your weekend with a ramp check) that an upcoming episode of “Mythbusters” will be devoted to the creation of a home-made balloon. The gang will set out to prove (or disprove) whether a hand-crafted hot air device can be flown. The inspiration for the project apparently is a 1979 incident in which two families in East Germany created a balloon out of shower curtains, inflated it, and flew over the Berlin Wall.

This being the United States and not East Berlin before the Wall came down, a Flight Standards District Office is said to be helping the guys out with the project. We can’t tell you which one, and we don’t suggest you start calling them to find out, lest you get an unexpected Saturday morning ramp check.

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