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Remote Controlled Airplanes – CC Balloon Festival

The Remote Controlled Airplanes exhibition was a new addition this year balloon festival, and proved to be a big draw for everyone there.

The rc planes were paraded through the excited crowd.

Images of remote controlled airplanes taken during the 10th Anniversary Chester County Balloon Festival at New Garden Airport in Toughkenamon PA.
Moving a jet rc airplane runway through the crowd.

Only to be followed by this bi-winged beauty!

Images of remote controlled airplanes taken during the 10th Anniversary Chester County Balloon Festival at New Garden Airport in Toughkenamon PA.
Moving a bi-wing rc airplane runway through the crowd.

Here are some pilot/owners of these beautiful creations –

Bi-Wing Airplane – Pitts Python

Images of remote controlled airplanes taken during the 10th Anniversary Chester County Balloon Festival at New Garden Airport in Toughkenamon PA.
Proud pilot/owner with his bi-wing airplane.
Images of remote controlled airplanes taken during the 10th Anniversary Chester County Balloon Festival at New Garden Airport in Toughkenamon PA.
A bi-wing airplane with some balloons.

Jets Airplane – Royal Air Force (Red Arrows)

Images of remote controlled airplanes taken during the 10th Anniversary Chester County Balloon Festival at New Garden Airport in Toughkenamon PA.
A pre-flight check with pilot /owner.

The Red Arrows, officially known as the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, is the aerobatics display team of the Royal Air Force based at RAF Scampton. The team was formed in late 1964 as an all-RAF team, replacing a number of unofficial teams that had been sponsored by RAF commands.

Images of remote controlled airplanes taken during the 10th Anniversary Chester County Balloon Festival at New Garden Airport in Toughkenamon PA.
More pre-flight checks.

The amount of detail that goes into these machines is incredible!

Images of remote controlled airplanes taken during the 10th Anniversary Chester County Balloon Festival at New Garden Airport in Toughkenamon PA.
Cockpit detail of one of the jet airplanes.

In flight images

Watching these planes zoom past you, is incredible!

Images of remote controlled airplanes taken during the 10th Anniversary Chester County Balloon Festival at New Garden Airport in Toughkenamon PA.
Nothing but clear skies…

It was generally agreed by those photographers in the in-field, that this craft was the hardest to photograph…

Images of remote controlled airplanes taken during the 10th Anniversary Chester County Balloon Festival at New Garden Airport in Toughkenamon PA.
Coming in for a landing…

One wonder… The announcer was saying that this jet was buzzing by the field at 170 mph!!

Images of remote controlled airplanes taken during the 10th Anniversary Chester County Balloon Festival at New Garden Airport in Toughkenamon PA.
A crowd of interested viewers.

And it still looks fast when grounded!

Candy Drop

Also new, was the candy drop!

Images of remote controlled airplanes taken during the 10th Anniversary Chester County Balloon Festival at New Garden Airport in Toughkenamon PA.
Candy drop time!!

One of the traditional single winged airplanes, flew up twice, and dropped candy over the field, with children and parents eagerly rushing to gather as much as they candy as they could.

Personally, I hope they continue the rc airplane event/exhibit!

If you happen to know more info on these planes, I would like to update any info that is incorrect!

Questions and Information can be addressed to the Contacts page.

- Andrew
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The Balloons of CC Festival

I regret that I only got to spend Saturday afternoon at the Festival, but I did get to see the various balloons in action!

Inflation, the good kind!

A common terminology mistake, you do not NOT “Blow Up” balloons… That is not a good thing, because there is nothing left, and someone might get hurt…

Balloons must be Inflated!

Images taken during the 10th Anniversary Chester County Balloon Festival at New Garden Airport in Toughkenamon PA.
A river of balloons.

After being rolled out, fans are used to start the ‘cold’ inflation –

Images taken during the 10th Anniversary Chester County Balloon Festival at New Garden Airport in Toughkenamon PA.
Another interior view of a balloon.
Images taken during the 10th Anniversary Chester County Balloon Festival at New Garden Airport in Toughkenamon PA.
A look on the inside…

Once the pilot feels the time is right, the ‘hot’ inflation begins –

Images taken during the 10th Anniversary Chester County Balloon Festival at New Garden Airport in Toughkenamon PA.
A pilot watching the flames inflate the balloon.

And the splendor of the rising balloons as they take shape in the air!

and finally the balloons with its passengers floats off into the wind currents…

Images taken during the 10th Anniversary Chester County Balloon Festival at New Garden Airport in Toughkenamon PA.
No One Was Hurt!! – It’s just the angle!

and the sunset…

Images taken during the 10th Anniversary Chester County Balloon Festival at New Garden Airport in Toughkenamon PA.
Balloons at sunset…

off they go…

Images taken during the 10th Anniversary Chester County Balloon Festival at New Garden Airport in Toughkenamon PA.
Good Night Balloons!

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- Andrew
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Children at the CC Balloon Festival

Children/Kids at the Second Day of the 9th Annual Chester County Balloon Festival at New Garden Flying Field in Toughkenamon PA.

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Scuba at the CC Balloon Festival

Scuba images taken during the Second Day of the 9th Annual Chester County Balloon Festival at New Garden Flying Field in Toughkenamon PA.

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Chester County Balloon Festival – Day 1

Images taken during the First Night of the 9th annual Chester County Balloon Festival at New Garden Flying Field in Toughkenamon PA.

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2014 Chester County Balloon Festival

I FINALLY got through the gates and found a place to park, and it feels SO good to stretch my legs!

I gathered my gear, and started up the hill.

I HOPE I can find my spot later…

As I got to the dirt road, I heard a voice call my name, and it was Brian A, a fellow local photographer in his car with his wife, and they were leaving.

We chatted for a little bit, and I headed off for my well deserved beer!

It was quit noticeable, the lack of balloons in the air, just laying on the ground like colorful shadows…

Walking to the Victory beer truck, I did see someone was taking advantage of the strong winds, by flying a very colorful kite!

You might be able to notice, the long grass had just been cut, and was laying in the sun to get dry, but that did not stop the children from building hay forts in the fields!

I finally got my beer, and quietly drank it, as I surveyed the fields and the setting sun…

My stomach and nose also told me, it was time to get something to eat, so I ventured back up the hill and into the vending area.

and of course, there were kids and parents all over the place!

All eyes were on this man and his flying kite! – As long has his kite was flying high in the air, no balloons were taking off!

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Image of the FAA Kite Man, monitoring the winds at the Chester County Balloon Festival.

Eventually, one brave group decided to give a balloon raising a try!

As the sun faded, the temperature began to drop.

Folks began to cuddle up, as a few more balloons attempted to fill the night sky.

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A couple cuddle up during the flame glows at the Chester County Balloon Festival.

But the winds refused to die down, as the balloons began to slowly sink back to the ground, a mere shadow of what they could have been.

- Andrew
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Getting there is half the battle…

Logan did his best, but the early afternoon at the Brandywine Food & Wine Festival had wiped him out, so I dropped him at Home, and  went back out the door for my second event of the day.

[approx 17:30] – Driving south on Rt 162, the traffic seemed a little bit heavier, but as soon as I got to the intersection of Doe Run Road (Rt 82), I knew it was going to be a long wait…

[18:03] – It took me about a 1000 yards and 30+ minutes until I could grab my cameras and start recording things around me and Posting them to Facebook.

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[18:03] – About Halfway between Rt162/Rt82 intersection and Green Valley Road. If you look carefully, there is a car/van turning around.
In the Car 003
[18:26] – The top of Green Valley Road just a head! You can see the traffic from the other direction. – Images taken while waiting in line for the Chester County Balloon Festival.
In the Car 004
[18:38] – On Green Valley Road, about 150 yards from the last image. – Images taken while waiting in line for the Chester County Balloon Festival.
In the Car 005
[18:44] – On Green Valley Road, almost there!! Damn, can’t Post to FB… No signal… and my battery is low… – Images taken while waiting in line for the Chester County Balloon Festival.
[19:08] – I can finally see the entrance to Plantation Field and hear some music!

[19:13] – I am second in line to turn into the Parking area, but a car of people just pulled out yelling there were not going to be balloons tonight!

[19:21] – I need at least a beer after this… Then I’ll decide about what to do…

- Andrew
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