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BALLOON LAUNCH UPDATE | KRVN Radio

BALLOON LAUNCH UPDATE

BALLOON LAUNCH UPDATE
(Murphy/KNEB/RRN)

KNEB is the official station of Old West Balloon Fest and the U.S. National Hot Air Championship Competition

We will provide updates as soon as possible on each of the scheduled launches along with announced public viewings during the week of August 12-17, 2019
LAST UPDATED: 7:45 AM Sat Aug 17
Old West Balloon Fest – SUNRISE LAUNCH #2 (Saturday Morning)
  • ***UPDATE 7:45 AM*** WEATHER HOLD LIFTED! INFLATION UNDERWAY
  • ***UPDATE 7:30 AM*** Low clouds and fog have moved away from the launch site. As soon as it clears the flight path, the weather hold will be lifted and the morning launch will get underway—followed by the launch and then target scoring at the Mitchell Airfield. Still time to make it here.
  • ***UPDATE 6:40 AM** A few low clouds and fog are moving into the launch site. Officials have implemented a temporary weather hold. There is still time to come out to the launch site. Balloons are still expected to launch this morning—followed by the competition target at the field.
  • STATUS: ON SCHEDULE! Fog is only in the river channel. The airfield site is CLEAR! Launch scheduled for approximately 6:15 am. Gates open at 5:30 am.
  • LOCATION: Mitchell Airfeld
  • NOTES: Parking pass required ($20 per car). Valid at all remaining events. Available for purchase at the site.
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Old West Balloon Fest – SUNRISE LAUNCH #1 (Friday Morning)

  • STATUS: Launch cancelled due to weather / wind conditions
  • LOCATION: Mitchell Airfeld
  • NOTES: Parking pass required ($20 per car). Valid at all remaining events. Available for purchase at the site.
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COMPETITION FLIGHT #7 (Thursday Morning)

  • STATUS:  LAUNCHING AT 8:24 A.M. This morning’s launch is getting way as of 8:24 a.m. after a lengthy weather hold
  • PUBLIC VIEWING AREA(S): The public viewing area is at Landers Soccer Complex, at the northeast corner of 42nd Street and 5th Avenue
  • TIME OF VIEWING: 8:30-9:30
  • NEXT FLIGHT: Scheduled for tomorrow morning (no evening flight tonight due to night glow at WNCC). Tomorrow’s (Friday’s) only public viewing area will be the Mitchell airfield (Parking passes are required).

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COMPETITION FLIGHT #6 (Wednesday Evening)

  • STATUS: CANCELLED! Due to weather conditions, Flight #6 has been cancelled.
  • NEXT FLIGHT: Scheduled for this evening. Stay tuned for updates.

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COMPETITION FLIGHT #5 (Wednesday Morning)

  • STATUS: Flight is a go! On as scheduled!
  • PUBLIC VIEWING AREA(S): Western Nebraska Community College…grass field east of the track.
  • TIME OF VIEWING: 6:30AM-7:00 AM
  • OTHER NOTES: Please drive carefully and be mindful of traffic.
  • NEXT FLIGHT: Scheduled for this evening. Stay tuned for updates.

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COMPETITION FLIGHT #4 (Tuesday Evening)

  • STATUS: WEATHER HOLD! Competition Flight #4 is currently in a weather hold.
  • PUBLIC VIEWING AREA(S): While balloons may be flying in/around Scottsbluff tonight, there will be no public viewing area.
  • TIME OF VIEWING: TBA
  • OTHER NOTES: Balloons may fly tonight IF winds die down, but a public viewing area of the competition will not be available. Please stay off of private property when watching the balloons tonight. 
  • NEXT FLIGHT: Scheduled for sunrise tomorrow morning. Stay tuned for updates.

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COMPETITION FLIGHT #3 (Tuesday Morning)

  • STATUS: CANCELLED! Competition Flight #3 has been cancelled due to severe thunderstorms in the Chadron area, with lightning and high level outflow winds from the thunderstorms exceeding 30 MPH.
  • NEXT FLIGHT: Scheduled for this evening. Stay tuned for updates.

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COMPETITION FLIGHT #2 (Monday Afternoon)

  • STATUS: The flight is on.
  • PUBLIC VIEWING AREA(S): Lander Soccer Field is the public viewing of target scoring.
  • TIME OF VIEWING: Approximately 6:30pm.
  • OTHER NOTES: Please stay out of the scoring area, which is the entire grass area!
  • NEXT FLIGHT: Scheduled for sunrise tomorrow morning. Stay tuned for updates.

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COMPETITION FLIGHT #1 (Monday Morning)
  • STATUS: CANCELLED! Competition flight #1 has been CANCELLED due to fog and high winds aloft.
  • NEXT FLIGHT: Scheduled for this evening. Stay tuned for updates.
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