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Where do balloons go when they get away?

I just lost a balloon cluster carrying valuable cargo in a wooden box?

I found a bunch of stuff to buy at a gift shop that was like $56.00 for a tiara and like 75 for a necklace. I decided to make my own stuff using supplies bought at michaels to save money.

I spent 5 hours making the tiara, and the necklace from wire and seashells, and pretty stones. I spent another hour decoupaging a plate and the sides of the box with ornate collage work.

I then got the idea to make a balloon cluster in the shape of a hot air balloon because my friend Annabelle liked hot air balloons. It was a cluster of 30 helium latex balloons, and a mylar helium balloon and ten air balloons.

I tied the box to the cluster, and just as I was presenting it to my friend, she lost hold of it and the balloons floated away.

She and i then jumped in the car and she drove like a maniac chasing down the balloon, but we lost sight of it into the night sky.

Could we call the FAA for help, ive heard it might go to space, baceuse people send cameras to space by balloon. Would NASA send an astronaut to retrieve it, could the Civil air Patrol, the local airport or maybe an airline be able to find the balloon.

Would NORAD help us track it, should I call the air force?I spend six hours on something thats worth over a hundred dollars and its just flying free up there.

Would it be quicker to make a new necklace and tiara or quicker to find the balloons and their payload? Could the payload and balloon split?
  • Best Answer
    At a 10-K race I was in years ago, the finish line was an arch of balloons; after the race, I was sticking around to clean up, and we cut the two strings holding them to the ground; I thought he had it, he thought *I* had it, and up it went; we just watched it go up & up - and, when it got *really* high - we could see the balloons popping. Before it went out of sight, there were maybe only 10 or 12 balloons left... so, depending on winds - your stuff probably fell within a mile or three of where you lost it...
    quantumclaustrophobe · 2 0
  • Other Answer
  • When I lost a Happy Birthday balloon on the way to a party, I immediately contacted the Air Force and they sent up an interceptor for me. They even mailed the recovered balloon to me, though of course it was flat - no helium.

    But this is the kicker- a couple of weeks later I received a bill for $67,990.89 for the costs involved. Fuel, pilot, etc. I disputed the amount in court and was successful- the postage was overcharged by 23 cents. So the bill was reduced to $67,990.66.

    That was a close call! I was nearly bankrupted. But I really liked that balloon and it cost a whole $5 I could have spent at McDonald's for a two-for-one Big Mac deal. Certainly if not for the Air Force's quick action I might have starved.
    William · 0 0
  • Are you daft? You think the FAA or Air Force is going to mount a search mission for a helium balloon? Yeah, here's hoping you're joking, or you need an urgent class on critical thinking and prioritization.
    <Would it be quicker to make a new necklace and tiara or quicker to find the balloons and their payload?> Oh, definitely quicker to find them. Just section the country up into square mile grids and search each one methodically until you find it. While you're at it, I lost my car keys in Nevada last year--keep an eye out for those while you're at it, won't you?
    PhotonX · 0 0
  • Definitely call the Air Force, why else would they have planes on standby.
    Ricki · 0 0
  • If you love something, set it free. If it comes back, it's yours. If it doesn't, it never was.
    Lodar of the Hill People · 0 0

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