While working at the shop this morning, a hot air balloon landed on the runway.
I’d been working on a carbon fiber wing spar, and noticed an unusual hissing/burning sound from outside: just like a propane heater being turned on and off.
Walking outside the shop door to investigate, a balloon floated and touched down mid-runway!
Fun! A couple of us airport guys watched and talked with the pilot and crew as they loaded the balloon into their chase pickup. The winds were calm, so they used a little envelope heat to help lift the balloon into the back of the pickup. The balloon was then tilted over and collapsed.