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Thriller!

Cincinnati Hot Air Balloon

Year Built: 2009
Make/Model: Lindstrand/69X
Size: 69,000 Cu. Ft.
Gross weight: 1518
# Passengers: 2 (upto 375 lbs.)
Registration: N63GB
Height: 62
Width: 48'
System weight: 525 lbs.
Fuel Capacity: 38.25 gallons (three 12.75 gallon tanks)


Thriller's design incorporates a unique balloon shape; tall and skinny. Shaped like a bullet. Commonly called a racer-style balloon, Lindstrand Balloons' definition calls Thriller an "X" series balloon. Of the 3 "X" series balloons, Thriller tops-out as the largest at 69,000 Cu. Ft.; 56,000 and 65,000 the remaining sizes.  The design allows the balloon to slide through the air, upward and downward at a high rate of speed, hence racer-style. "X" series relates to the way hot air balloon competitions involve balloon competition and scoring.  Balloon competitions, held throughout the world, display a target, in the shape of an "X", while competitors maneuver toward the center for the best score.  Without steering wheels, balloon pilots use the winds at varying altitudes to guide and steer.   The ability to climb and descend at high speed affords the serious balloon pilot better scores. "X" series balloons won and continue to win national and international balloon competitions, regularly.

Thriller races occasionally, her primary role carries only 2 passengers and serves as our Exclusive, private charter balloon. The name for Thriller comes from the high performance characteristics.  You guessed it, YES, Thriller ascends a mile in less than 4 minutes, allowing skydivers the unique opportunity: a balloon parachute jump!   Not to worry, Gentle Breeze never mixes Thriller's schedule of skydivers and non-skydivers.

For handling control the balloon features the standard parachute-style deflation system as well as optional rotation vents, which can orient the balloon clock-wise and counter-clockwise, whilst in flight. The balloon's 'engine', powered by twin JetStream Series II burners, produce a heat output of 15,000,000 Btu's per burner or approximately 4,390 kW!

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Tiny


Cincinnati Ohio Balloon Ride - Tiny 3

Year Built: 2011
Make/Model: Lindstrand/210A
Size: 210,000 Cu. Ft.
Gross weight: 4180 lbs.
# Passengers: double configuration of 5
Registration: N65LB
Height: 83'
Width: 77'
System weight: 1764 lbs.
Fuel Capacity: 73.5 gallons (three 20 & one 13.5 gallon tanks)


Tiny, well, not so tiny after all!  Known as the largest balloon in Ohio, Tiny doubles the size of any other balloon in the area.  Capable of carrying over two tons (yes, that's right... 2 TONS) of cargo and passengers, she's the newest balloon in the Tri-State area, as a model year 2012, built in 2011.  Travel in comfort with the high-sided basket, featuring passenger handles and padding, just in case for those bumpy landings.  She's the most safety redundant balloon built with three engine's, Triple JetStream Series II burners, capable of producing a whopping heat output of 45 Million Btu's (15,000,000 Btu's per burner).

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Ziggy

Smiley Balloon Ride - Ziggy 6

Year Built: 2009
Make/Model: UltraMagic M160
Size: 160,000 Cu. Ft.
Gross weight: 3320 lbs.
# Passengers: 7 (upto 1300 lbs.)
Registration: N389RE
Height: 72'
Width: 68'
System weight: 957 lbs.
Fuel Capacity: 70 gallons (two 20 gallon tanks + two 15 gallon tanks)


We present Ohio's first and only Door Accessible Hot Air Balloon!   With his limited wheelchair accessibility, Ziggy's guests may enter via an open door versus climbing over the top rail of the basket.  Optionally, for mobility restricted passengers, a seat maybe outfitted int he door compartment.  Ziggy is a favorite of guests that prefer the comfort of an openable door for entry and exit.  Ziggy's signature is his Smiley Face Hot Air Balloon viewable from the basket.  This feature allows Ziggy's guests riding onboard actually see his cool smiling face during flight!   The stair step color pattern results in a uniquely different spiral pattern progress throughout the balloon.  He's outfitted to carry sponsor banners, for those special corporate functions as well as regional sponsorships.

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Lady Blye

Dayton Ohio Ballooning - Lady Blye 3

Year Built: 2008
Make/Model: Lindstrand/105A
Size: 105,000 Cu. Ft.
Gross weight: 2310 lbs.
# Passengers: 4 (upto 800 lbs.)
Registration: N850LB
Height: 70'
Width: 61'
System weight: 599 lbs.
Fuel Capacity: 38.25 gallons (three 12.75 gallon tanks)


Lady Blye features 4 large double tipped black arrows, two pointing up and two pointing down.  No particular reason for the arrow, we just thought it'd be cool! Besides black and white,  Lady Blye's unique and rare colors include teal, wine, amethyst, pink, grey and azure.  For handling control the balloon features the standard parachute-style deflation system as well as optional rotation vents, which can orient the balloon clock-wise and counter-clockwise, while in flight. The balloon's 'engine', powered by twin JetStream Series II burners, produce a heat output of 15,000,000 Btu's per burner or approximately 4,390 kW!

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Houser Asphalt & Concrete

Hot Air Balloon Ride Dayton 3

Year Built: 2006
Make/Model: Lindstrand/105A
Size: 105,000 Cu. Ft.
Gross weight: 2310 lbs.
# Passengers: 4 (upto 800 lbs.)
Registration: N1519H
Height: 70'
Width: 61'
System weight: 599 lbs.
Fuel Capacity: 38.25 gallons (three 12.75 gallon tanks)


Houser Asphalt and Concrete provides the Miami Valley with high quality commercial and residential paving & concrete services since 1980. President, Mike Houser has chosen a hot air balloon as the main marketing and advertising medium and has chosen Gentle Breeze Hot Air Balloon company! This Houser balloon is the fourth balloon in the series of successful marketing campaigns. The balloon designs have varied slightly over the years, however all balloons have featured the vertical rainbow colors of red, green, yellow, blue, purple, orange and offset with the black equator, allowing the Houser logo to stand out in vivid white. The current production model features pennants as well as special-cut "scallops", defining the tops and bottoms of the rainbow into a tear-drop shape. For handling control the balloon features the standard parachute-style deflation system as well as optional rotation vents, which can orient the balloon clock-wise and counter-clockwise, while in flight. The balloon's 'engine', powered by twin JetStream Series II burners, produce a heat output of 15,000,000 Btu's per burner or approximately 4,390 kW!

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Houser Asphalt and Concrete 2  (Five)

Year Built: 2015
Make/Model: Lindstrand
Size: 120,000 Cu. Ft.
Gross weight: 2640 lbs.
# Passengers: 5 (upto 1000 lbs.)
Registration: N260LB
Height: 71'
Width: 64'
System weight: 631 lbs.
Fuel Capacity: 41 gallons (two 13 gallon and one 15 gallon tanks)


Cincinnati Ballooning REMAX 1

Year Built: 2010
Make/Model: Lindstrand/77A
Size: 77,000 Cu. Ft. (about 77,000 basketballs!)
Gross weight: 1694
# Passengers: 2 (upto 400 lbs.)
Registration: N913LB
Height: 61'
Width: 55'
System weight: 539 lbs.
Fuel Capacity: 30 gallons (two 15-gallon tanks)

 


Gentle Breeze Hot Air Balloon Company, Ltd, in conjunction with Red Baron Balloon Corps, LLC manages the RE/MAX balloon program for RE/MAX of Southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky Adverting, Inc. A contraction for Real Estate Maximizers, chose a hot air balloon to deliver their marketing message dating back as far as the early 1980's. Widely known, these balloons features the unmistakable red, white and blue color theme. The slogan emblazons two sides of each aircraft.

The RE/MAX balloon fleet extends worldwide with about 90 operating within the United States.

RE/MAX balloons fly solely for advertising purposes and promotional tethers. While Gentle Breeze Hot Air Balloon company, Ltd, operates and manages these balloons, no rides permitted. For advertising purposes, each RE/MAX balloon looks as close or identical to each other RE/MAX balloon, with differences only due to balloon manufacturer. We operate three balloons for our client, two identical twins and one cloudhopper balloon.

Built in 2010, this balloon represents the latest addition to the fleet, with the only noticeable differences in the basket trim.

For handling control the balloon features the standard parachute-style deflation system as well as optional rotation vents, which can orient the balloon clock-wise and counter-clockwise, while in flight. The balloon's 'engine', powered by twin JetStream Series II burners, produce a heat output of 15,000,000 Btu's per burner or approximately 4,390 kW!

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RE/MAX of Dayton

Dayton Ballooning REMAX 1

Year Built: 2006
Make/Model: Lindstrand/77A
Size: 77,000 Cu. Ft. (about 77,000 basketballs!)
Gross weight: 1694
# Passengers: 2 (upto 400 lbs.)
Registration: N7507W
Registration: N913LB
Height: 61'
Width: 55'
System weight: 539 lbs.
Fuel Capacity: 30 gallons (two 15-gallon tanks)


Gentle Breeze Hot Air Balloon Company, Ltd, in conjunction with Red Baron Balloon Corps, LLC manages the RE/MAX balloon program for RE/MAX of Southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky Adverting, Inc. A contraction for Real Estate Maximizers, chose a hot air balloon to deliver their marketing message dating back as far as the early 1980's. Widely known, these balloons features the unmistakable red, white and blue color theme. The slogan emblazons two sides of each aircraft.

The RE/MAX balloon fleet extends worldwide with about 90 operating within the United States.

RE/MAX balloons fly solely for advertising purposes and promotional tethers. While Gentle Breeze Hot Air Balloon company, Ltd, operates and manages these balloons, no rides permitted. For advertising purposes, each RE/MAX balloon looks as close or identical to each other RE/MAX balloon, with differences only due to balloon manufacturer. We operate three balloons for our client, two identical twins and one cloudhopper balloon.

Built in 2006, this balloon represents the elder balloon within the fleet, but still considered a young balloon. Only noticeable differences with its twin found in the basket trim.

For handling control the balloon features the standard parachute-style deflation system as well as optional rotation vents, which can orient the balloon clock-wise and counter-clockwise, while in flight. The balloon's 'engine', powered by twin JetStream Series II burners, produce a heat output of 15,000,000 Btu's per burner or approximately 4,390 kW!

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RE/MAX CloudHopper

Cincinnati Balloon REMAX Hopper 1

Year Built: 2009
Make/Model: Lindstrand/35A
Size: 35,000 Cu. Ft.
Gross weight: 680 lbs.
# Passengers: 1 (pilot only!)
Registration: N15099
Height: 43'
Width: 40'
System weight: 168 lbs.
Fuel Capacity: 15 gallons (one 15 gallon tank)


The CloudHopper design carries no passengers, just the pilot only and flies without a basket! Sorry, no rides available in this aircraft, the sole occupant must hold a certified balloon-rated pilot certificate. Balloon features a seat, in place of the basket, with a tank strapped to the back of the harness and all hangs below the very small envelope, being only 35,000 cu. ft. This balloon inspires spectators with it's incredibly different design and actually motivated a few to earn a pilots' license!

Gentle Breeze Hot Air Balloon Company, Ltd, in conjunction with Red Baron Balloon Corps, LLC manages the RE/MAX balloon program for RE/MAX of Southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky Adverting, Inc. A contraction for Real Estate Maximizers, chose a hot air balloon to deliver their marketing message dating back as far as the early 1980's. Widely known, these balloons features the unmistakable red, white and blue color theme. The slogan emblazons two sides of each aircraft.

The RE/MAX balloon fleet extends worldwide with about 90 operating within the United States.

RE/MAX balloons fly solely for advertising purposes and promotional tethers. While Gentle Breeze Hot Air Balloon company, Ltd, operates and manages these balloons, no rides permitted. For advertising purposes, each RE/MAX balloon looks as close or identical to each other RE/MAX balloon, with differences only due to balloon manufacturer. We operate three balloons for our client, two identical twins and one CloudHopper balloon.

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Golf Ball Balloon

Special Shape Balloon Ride - Golf Ball 3

Year Built: 2004
Make/Model: Cameron 90S
Size: 90,000 Cu. Ft. (usable lift)
Gross weight: 700 lbs.
Passenger Capacity: 3
Registration: N84LU
Height: 50'
Width: 50'
Fuel Capacity: 30 gallons (two 15 gallon tanks)


Another unique design, a perfectly round balloon! A standard hot air balloons shape more like an inverted tear-drop. However, in order to construct a round shape, the manufacturer starts with a natural shaped balloon then designs internal baffles allowing non-natural shapes. In turn, the balloon contains a natural shape on the inside with added fabric, internally, thus creating the shape. In the case of the Golf Ball, a perfectly round shape results! Added weight to the envelope, due to the internal baffles, increases added weight. Nearly double in weight of a natural-shaped balloon, decreases the amount of usable lift.

Our uniquely shaped hot air balloon features frequent updates via the Golf Ball Balloon Fan Page.

For handling control the balloon features the standard parachute-style deflation system as well as optional rotation vents, which can orient the balloon clock-wise and counter-clockwise, while in flight. The balloon's 'engine', powered by twin JetStream Series II burners, produce a heat output of 15,000,000 Btu's per burner or approximately 4,390 kW!

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CloudHopper

Dayton Balloon Ride CloudHopper 2

Year Built: 2000
Make/Model: Lindstrand
Size: 25,000 Cu. Ft.
Gross weight:  lbs.
Passenger Capacity: 1
Registration: 7502Q
Height: 40'
Width: 25'
System weight: 125 lbs.
Fuel Capacity: 40 gallons (four 10 gallon tanks)


Hopper stands for the contracted CloudHopper which is a CloudHopper or other small, single-person balloon weighing less than 155 pounds is considered to be an "Ultralight Vehicle" by the FAA, and is regulated under Part 103.   Ultralight airplanes, hang-gliders and para-gliders are other examples of ultralight vehicles.  The pilot of an ultralight vehicle is not required to hold a pilot's license, and the aircraft itself does not require FAA registration or an airworthiness certificate.

A CloudHopper is a single-person hot-air balloon.  There is no basket: the pilot wears a harness that is attached to the balloon, with a fuel tank and burner situated behind him or her.  Compared to conventional hot-air balloons, cloudhoppers are very maneuverable and can land in relatively small areas; they are also very easy to store and transport between flights.  In addition to enjoying the perfect, totally unobstructed view from thousands of feet up, the cloudhopper pilot can also kick his or her feet in the tree-tops, or go "moon-walking" through open fields in huge, forty-foot jumps. CloudHoppers have been around for several decades, but are still fairly rare in the United States. 

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