Pat Newlin and Steve Scott show off the new basket for Cloud Kisser II which arrived in Riverton today. (Ernie Over photo)
(Riverton, Wyo.) – For Riverton Rendezvous Balloonmiester Pat Newlin, the call she had been waiting for came in early today. It was from North Park Transportation and they had a package for her. A very large package. Two packages, in fact.
The brand new and larger basket for the Riverton Balloon Club’s Cloud Kisser II had arrived along with the club’s rebuilt envelope. “It the colors look so bright,” Newlin said as she and Steve Scott unpacked it in the hanger of Classic Lifeguard Aeromedical’s hanger at Riverton Regional Airport. “And our new basket is accented in the balloon’s colors of white, pink and purple. I’m so excited,” she said. “now we’re color coordinated.”
The material on the envelope is all new.
The pair were at the hanger doing assembly on the basket Wednesday morning in preparation for launching the newly reconditioned balloon early Saturday morning if everything goes well.
The new basket is a “4.9” meaning that it has a five foot diagonal, Scott said. Newlin added that the new ballon has greater propane tank capacity as well, with four 10 gallon bottles. The old basket for Cloud Kisser II had only three bottles. “Now we can haul 40 gallons,” she said.
The new basket and rebuilt envelope was prepared at Firefly Balloons in Statesville, North Carolina.
The newly rebuilt balloon will debut at the Riverton Rendezvous Hot Air Balloon Rally later this month. “It came in just in time,” Newlin said.