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Chapter 3 -
My First Flight
We got picked up at our house at 6:00 am and drove out to the launch site. The crew was already there of course, readying the balloon for inflation. It looked like it was going to be a good morning to fly. Not long after we arrived, Youssef, the crew chief, arrived to set up the "breakfast". They serve coffee and pastry in the morning while the passengers wait for the balloons to inflate.
The pre-flight breakfast all set up
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Cell phone image from my first flight
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Unfortunately, all I had with me for the flight with Sancho was my cell phone... so I didn't really get any good pictures from that flight. The only one that came out decent and shows anything is this one . . .
We landed right on top of the ridge you see to the left in the above picture. Most of the flight we were right over the village of Göreme, which has a minimum altitude rule. It was the first time I had flown there though, so I was pretty much in awe.
So having flown once as a passenger, the very next day we had enough passengers to fill both balloons which meant I had to fly..... luckily I would be able to follow Sancho... or so I thought.

To continue Chapter 3 and read about my first flight as a pilot, click here
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