The images below were taken at the annual gatherings of the
Whiskey-Hill, Atherton, Menlo Oaks Ballooning and Sporting Society,
which takes place in Coaling Station A, California in November
WHAMOBASS is the longest continuously-running hot-air
ballooning event in the known universe. It has grown to a modest
30-40 balloon non-commercial rally that is held annually on the
anniversary of the first manned balloon flight, made by Pilatre
de Rozier and the Marquis d'Arlandes from the Château de
la Muette in Paris on November 21, 1783.
WHAMOBASS was founded by Deke Sonnichsen in Whiskey
Hill, California in 1964 when the two-balloon rally got its start.
It has been held in a number of locations over the years, but
seems to have settled for good in the town of Coalinga, on the
western edge of the San Joaquin Valley in central California.
THESE IMAGES are panoramic photos taken with a Nikon
D1X professional digital camera on a rotating base. The resulting
images are transferred to a Macintosh G4 computer. Using software
called Apple QuickTime VR (Virtual Reality) Authoring Studio,
the images are stitched together and made into a continuous panoramic
The flat images below are reductions of the original files.
Happy ballooning and happy viewing!
Brian P. Lawler