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Looking up into the mouth of the filling balloon.    The 18ft diameter closed cap can be seen at the very top.
Lower down a row of 32 patches which were the tether points for the balloon. We decided not to tether to the basket, as had been done with Teijin.
The thin meandering lines are repairs to the envelope, resulting from the cold air trial mentioned. 
 The burner could be lit electrically from the gondola control panel.

The main rigging from the balloon led down to a single shackle. This shackle was lashed by a rope to two intersecting steel posts driven into the ground. (obscured here).
At this point during inflation, the main harness is still shackled to the ground.
 
  When the ballon had enough lift, the rope lashing to the shackle was cut, and the gondola was pulled upright.

The balloon was designed as a "show" balloon. It needed to be simple to launch. Unlike HA balloons today, the burner was not part of the gondola. It had its own suspension harness. As the balloon swayed about in the wind, the single point suspension evened out the stresses on the balloon, and required little effort from the crew. 
The burner and its' flame swayed with the balloon. This meant the flame always pointed into the balloon mouth.

 

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