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1,000 hot-air balloons, 3,000 pilots and crew members, 400,000 visitors: Mondial Air Ballons is an international event held every other year, bringing together more than 70 countries. The 16th edition takes place from 26 July to 4 August 2019.
The Grand Est region’s flagship event of the summer, Grand Est Mondial Air Ballons, invites you on an immersion into the fascinating universe of aerostation. For 10 days, an entire village takes up residence in the former American military base of Chambley. A range of activities are on offer, including an area entirely dedicated to the public with exhibition stands, an aero museum, local producers and a Grand Est area welcoming the tourist destinations of Alsace, Champagne, Ardennes, Lorraine and the Vosges Mountains. There’s also an official boutique, an information point and esplanades with great views of the take-off zone.
– Two mass ascents every day at Mondial Air Ballons, weather permitting: in the morning starting at 6:15 a.m. and in the evening starting at 6:30 p.m.
– Drone and model aircraft demonstrations from 12:30 to 13:30 p.m.
– First flights, flight simulators, pilot competitions (dexterity contest, races, accuracy event), etc.
– Beginning at 9:30 p.m., there’s astronomy, miniature remote-controlled hot-air balloons and, on 31 July, “Night Glow,” where the balloons are inflated in the dark and create a beautiful pyro-artistic effect, like giant torches!
Find the detailed program at www.pilatre-de-rozier.com
The Great Line
The main event, the Great Line, takes place on the morning of 28 July and brings together several hundred hot-air balloons ready for take-off on more than 6 km of runway. It’s a grand parade with dozens of nationalities, and Grand Est Mondial Air Ballons holds the world record for this in-line ascent, set in 2017, with 456 balloons taking off simultaneously in less than an hour! Simply majestic!
Free parking and entry
All information on Grand Est Mondial Air Ballons www.pilatre-de-rozier.com/lmab