Photo Gallery: VENTRY Inflation Fans

Pictures from our generous Hot Air Ballooning Friends around the world!

Do you use a VENTRY® Inflation Fan? If you have a photo or story to share, please contact us! We are very grateful to our generous customers for sending us the following photos and allowing us to share them here.


The five photos immediately below are provided courtesy of Lau Laursen, Circus Balloon Club, Denmark. Click any to enlarge.

VENTRY Fan inflating an envelope during an open house. Courtesy of Lau Laursen, Circus Balloon Club, Denmark Inflation Fan photo courtesy of Lau Laursen, Circus Balloon Club, Denmark Inflation Fan photo courtesy of Lau Laursen, Circus Balloon Club, Denmark Inflation Fan in storage courtesy of Lau Laursen, Circus Balloon Club, Denmark Inflation Fan in storage courtesy of Lau Laursen, Circus Balloon Club, Denmark Inflation Fan photo courtesy of Lau Laursen, Circus Balloon Club, Denmark


Thank you to Jeff Haliczer for these three photos. The photographer is his student pilot Barb Muscutt and the balloon is Synchronicity. These photos were taken at the First Susanville, CA Diamonds Casino Balloon Festival in August 2011.

Inflation Fan photo courtesy of Jeff Haliczer Inflation Fan photo courtesy of Jeff Haliczer Inflation Fan photo courtesy of Jeff Haliczer


Here, Doug Robertson inflates his 77,000 cf balloon using his 24-inch Honda GX200 VENTRY Fan. Balloons make for the most beautiful photographic subjects, don’t they?

Hot Air Ballooning - Photo courtesy of Doug Robertson


Photo courtesy of J. Trappe
Photo courtesy of J. Trappe

...Leaving room to spare for his lovely companion!

These photos used with permission of Jonathan R. Trappe.

How do you get a hot air balloon and all the necessary equipment that goes with it -- including an inflation fan -- into a Volkswagen Beetle? Here is how balloon pilot Jonathan R. Trappe does it. Click any photo for larger view.

Big thanks to Jonathan R Trappe for sharing these great photos. Psssst....You may have seen Jonathan Trappe in the news, relating to the cluster balloon experiment in which a house was lifted UP, like in the movie!

Step 1 (Photo courtesy of J. Trappe) Step 2 (Photo courtesy of J. Trappe) Step 3 (Photo courtesy of J. Trappe) Step 4 (Photo courtesy of J. Trappe) Step 5 (Photo courtesy of J. Trappe) Step 6 (Photo courtesy of J. Trappe) Step 7 (Photo courtesy of J. Trappe)


The photo below is used with the permission of Gary Palmer, a South Dakota balloonist who flies this Cloudhopper and uses a 20-inch VENTRY Inflation Fan. Here is his setup.

Balloon setup photo courtesy of Gary Palmer


Below, a photo courtesy of Bill Woodhead. Oregon balloonist Bill Woodhead filled this 246,000 cf Noah’s Ark Balloon using a 24GX200 VENTRY Fan. Here it is in the sky during its flight in Israel. More pictures of this amazing balloon (and its inflation) are on a separate page. (Click here).↓

Photo courtesy of Bill Woodhead


In these photos, courtesy of Connecticut pilots Mark Sand and the late Mike Bollea, a 24-inch VENTRY Fan with Honda GX160 engine inflates Mark Sand’s 88,000 cfm hot air balloon.

These are excellent illustrations of how far away to set the VENTRY Inflator Fan.

Note: Always run VENTRY Fans with legs fully extended to get the most air, preserve your propeller, and keep your crew and balloon safe. We also recommend setting the fan back 1.5 times the diameter of the throat (or height of a doorway, as the case may be). For instance, if the throat is 10 feet, set the fan back 15. You can experiment, as Mark has, to find the ideal positioning for your balloon.

Hot Air Ballooning photo courtesy of Mike Bollea Inflation photo courtesy of Mike Bollea
Hot Air Balloon Photo courtesy of Mike Bollea

You can just barely see the VENTRY Fan in the lower left hand corner of this shot.

Hot Air Balloon Inflation Photo courtesy of Mike Bollea

Looking from the inside out at Mark Sand’s 24GX160 during inflation.


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