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September 11th Memorial Flight from the Coatesville VA Medical Center


For our annual 9/11 flight, we made arrangements to fly from the Coatesville VA Hospital for the Veterans that protect our country and citizens from harm.


Unloading “America One” at the Coatesville VA.


All spread out in the confines of the courtyard.


Starting to inflate. Yes, those are trees right next to the balloon.


Yes, the canopy of the trees is directly above the balloon.


Both sides….


Harry Collison (Flighthouse Pilot) is given the job of inflation. He comes up with the idea of an “inflate and drag” to slide “America One” away from the trees during inflation.

As you can see, it worked perfectly.


We get ready for launch. Jamie the crew guy at left.

We ease out of the tight slot. I am cautiously looking over my should at the balloon eating trees.



Flying over the new St Peters Church shortly before landing. Harry piloted “America One” for everything but takeoff, now officially certifying him as a pilot on the aircraft. Thank you Harry, for a job well done as usual.





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Mail: Po Box 255, Uwchland Pa 19480

Launch: 1012 North Pottstown Pike, Chester Springs Pa 19425

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