free balloon


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free balloon

[¦frē bə′lün]
(aerospace engineering)
A balloon that ascends without a tether, propulsion or guidance; it is made to descend by the release of gas.

free balloon

A balloon which, when in flight, is not attached to any form of retaining device to the surface (i.e., it is not tethered).
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If they'd valved helium and settled her in real easy at the beginning, treated the airship like a free balloon and not tried to stick it in the ground under power like a dart, they'd have made out better.
Members of the public are invited to take part in Saturday's free balloon race by completing a registration form on the Church Street podium between 10am and 4pm.
A spectacular firework display and Hallowe'en fancy dress competition will take place at the Rectory Lane ground, gates open at 6pm, fireworks at 7.30pm and there'll be fairground rides, free face painting and free balloon modelling too.
Dressed as characters such as a Genie, Smurf and Spaceman the groups stall attracted the masses who wanted to play on their wheel of chance, have their face painted and receive a free balloon model.
Brian Lawrence, of Golcar, grew up in Kirkheaton and recalled: "We had a rag and bone man who came round and if you gave him a bag of rags, you got a free balloon.
Children will have the opportunity to meet Shultsy and receive a free balloon.
Ryan Griffiths, eight, had been enjoying fairground rides at Cardiff's Big Weekend in the grounds of City Hall when he was given the free balloon at a promotions stand.
Package incl free balloon flight over Masai Mara and free champagne dinner for two.
And there'll be free balloon fun and face painting, too.
Youngsters will get a brief taste of the new play area and will receive a free balloon and drink while parents will receive a free cup of tea or coffee.
Free balloon rides for all who wanted them - that was the gift to the Color Cruise and Island Festival crowd from Jim, Pam and Cody Pitchford of ThePitchfordGroup.com and about 60 people accepted.
To mark the start of half-term week there will also be free balloon modelling and magic for the children.