For the second day, and with extra anticipated, scorching air balloon pilots have been in the air over Battle Creek.
The Wednesday night time and Thursday morning flights have been the first for the 2021 Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival and organizers count on extra good climate might maintain the coloration again in the sky by means of Sunday.
Championship Director Phil Klinger and climate officer Allen Yost acknowledged early this week that the rain and wind might floor the balloons for a lot of the occasion.
But skies cleared Wednesday and pilots launched from the area at Battle Creek Executive Airport at Kellogg Field to the applause of a big crowd for the first scheduled flight.
Half of the 30 pilots then returned for a glow as the solar set.
On Thursday morning the pilots returned and Klinger gave them 4 duties to start the competitors.
The balloons flew to a goal area on Kirby Road after which had the selection of targets at Northwestern Junior High School or Springfield Middle School for the second process.
Pilots then needed to predict their their very own goal south of city and in addition fly the best distance inside a digital field in the sky to attain the most factors for the third and fourth duties.
Preliminary outcomes of the Thursday morning duties confirmed for process one, Kenny Jay of Hallsville, Missouri. was first adopted by Tyler Jaques of Battle Creek and Dale Wilson of Augusta, Michigan. Defending champion Steve Mitchell of Chagrin Falls, Ohio was fourth and Al Nels of Beavercreek, Ohio was fifth.
In the second process Nels was first, Shawn Raya of Highland, Michigan, was second, Nick Donner of Louisville, Kentucky, was third, Blake Aldridge of Longview, Texas was fourth and Chris Smart of Roanoke, Indiana. was fifth.
Complete scores for the occasion are accessible at https://bcfof.weebly.com
Klinger stated flights are anticipated every morning and night by means of Sunday night time. The night flights will likely be both fly in or launches from the airport. Flights in the mornings will likely be throughout the space, however won’t embody the airport.
Balloons are not all that will likely be in the air over Battle Creek.
Several civilian aerobatic pilots flew into the airport Wednesday night time and Thursday morning and the Air Force F-22 arrived Thursday and briefly practiced above the airport.
Full, 5 hour airshows start at 12:30 p.m. Friday and in addition will likely be held on Saturday and Sunday.
Thursday night time, fireworks are set for 10:30 p.m. and a twilight air present and night time air present with pyro will likely be Friday night time.
Live music is scheduled every night time and the ‘Rocketman’ Ignacio Valencia will shoot out of a rocket twice every day.
A full schedule is on the market at BCBalloons.com.
Contact Trace Christenson at 269-966-0685 or [email protected]