Friday, June 16, 2017

La Coquette, April 1962



Previously I had posted about the hot air balloon that "visited" Disneyland at Easter, 1962. The balloon had been used in the 1956 blockbuster film "Around the World in 80 Days" and continued to make random appearances after its release.



La Coquette was featured at the climax of the 1962 Easter Parade and floated over the Matterhorn after its Central Plaza launch.



Balloonists Peter Pellegrine and Francis Shields rode to an altitude of 2,000 feet and landed 45 minutes later in an orange grove 10 miles away. I am guessing this must have been shortly before takeoff.



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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Landing at a nearby orange grove. Imagine trying to do that today. Only parking lots are left and those are always filled! KS