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Up, Up Away In My Beautiful Balloon


Don Cline and Thad McCall got a little closer to the stars recently in a hot air balloon. The pair are used to staring at the sky as members of t

Widely known for its observations of celestial objects, the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) added an object of its own to the sky last week — a hot air balloon piloted by PARI President Don Cline. Assisted by PARI staff serving as crew, the balloon lifted off from PARI's North Ridge in the early morning hours and landed in South Carolina two hours later.

Cline is no stranger to the skies. He has a life-long interest in aviation, becoming a commercial pilot in 1974. He has been involved with hot air ballooning as a pilot, observer, safety officer and competition director,...

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