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New Leaf Peeping Perspective from Hot Air Balloons in Albemarle

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As the weather gets cooler and the leaves change color, you might notice a few other bright colors in the sky.  It is peak season for hot air ballooning. 

Thursday morning, NBC29's Kristin Twiford got to go up in one of the balloons.  Every day this fall passengers are gathering early in the morning and late in the afternoon to catch a bird's eye view of Charlottesville. 

The hot air balloon travelled about 9.5 miles in an hour.  It reached a speed of 14 miles per hour and a height of 1,600 feet.  But every flight is different because balloon pilots go where ever the wind blows them.

"Definitely the fall foliage is spectacular as far as the view, but I mean it's honestly hard to have a bad flight in Charlottesville because the views are spectacular and when we're going out with multiple balloons with the mountains in the background, it just doesn't get any better than that," said Mandy Baskin, a hot air balloon pilot.   

Charlottesville has four different hot air balloon companies, but they tend to fly together.  This gives passengers the chance to see other balloons while they're in the air.

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