The Mondial Air Balloon (MAB) is a biyearly event that saw its début in 1989. It is the World’s biggest hot air balloon festival, followed by the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival in New-Mexico, United States.

The MAB takes place at the old OTAN airbase in Chambley-Bussière, in the French department of Meurthe-et-Moselle. During ten days, 1000 hot air balloons from approximately 70 different countries took off to invade the sky. This year the MAB has set a new world record for the greatest mass hot air balloon ascent, with 456 balloons lining up and ready to launch.

In these pictures I try to portray the magic of the MAB, by showing the preparation of the pilots, main actors of this event, during the process of inflation and launch of the hot air balloons, and by showing their flight from an air view.

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