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Welch students get hot-air balloon lesson

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  • Students were able to walk around inside a partially inflated hot-air balloon Friday as a crew from RE/MAX visited Welch Elementary School in Naperville.

       Students were able to walk around inside a partially inflated hot-air balloon Friday as a crew from RE/MAX visited Welch Elementary School in Naperville.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Bill Baker, a hot-air balloon pilot with RE/MAX, holds the partially inflated balloon so kids from Welch Elementary School in Naperville can walk around inside.

       Bill Baker, a hot-air balloon pilot with RE/MAX, holds the partially inflated balloon so kids from Welch Elementary School in Naperville can walk around inside.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Kids make their way out of a partially inflated hot-air balloon as a crew from RE/MAX visits Welch Elementary School in Naperville.

       Kids make their way out of a partially inflated hot-air balloon as a crew from RE/MAX visits Welch Elementary School in Naperville.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Bill Baker, a hot-air balloon pilot with RE/MAX, sets off the burners for kids at Welch Elementary School in Naperville.

       Bill Baker, a hot-air balloon pilot with RE/MAX, sets off the burners for kids at Welch Elementary School in Naperville.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Video: Hot-air balloon in Naperville

 
Daily Herald report

Students at Naperville's Welch Elementary School got some hands-on lessons Friday in the history of hot-air balloons and the scientific principles that allow them to fly.

Bill Baker, a pilot with RE/MAX visited the school to talk to youngsters about what it's like to fly. He gave them a chance to walk around inside a partially inflated 75-foot-tall balloon and then took them outside to see a demonstration with the basket and burners that help send the craft soaring.

"They always are excited at the end to see the flames," he said.

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