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Hot-air balloon legend 热气球飞行家的故事

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Hot-air balloon legend 热气球飞行家的故事

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有关 “hot-air balloons(热气球)” 的词汇

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What were Don Cameron and his group the first to do?

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Don Cameron, Founder, Cameron Balloons
唐·卡梅伦          卡梅伦气球(Cameron Balloons)创办者

It has a kind of a magical, gravity-defying feeling about it. You can fly much more low [much lower] - near the ground. And you can even talk to people on the ground, and you’re going slow enough to appreciate what is floating past you.

它有一种神奇的、失重的感觉。你可以飞得很低,接近地面。你甚至可以和在地面上的人交谈,而且缓慢的飞行速度是欣赏身边过的美景的良机。

I’m Don Cameron, and we’re in the balloon factory here in Bristol - Cameron Balloons.

我是唐·卡梅伦。我们在布里斯托尔的气球工厂——卡梅伦气球。

We do special-shaped balloons, and we can make almost any shape. Animals are most fun I suppose. We built all sorts of animals - dinosaurs and squirrels, almost everything.

我们制作特殊形状的气球,几乎所有的形状都能做。制作动物形状的气球是最有趣的。我们做过各种各样的动物——恐龙、松鼠,无奇不有。

It was a group of us from the gliding club who decided to build our own balloon. And we built the first modern hot-air balloon this side of the Atlantic. It was called the Bristol Belle. We started work in 1966 and didn’t finish it until the summer of 1967.

我们滑翔俱乐部里的一群人决定自己做一个热气球。我们制作了欧洲的第一个现代热气球。它被称为“布里斯托尔贝莱(Bristol Belle)”。我们从1966年开始制作它,直到1967年夏天才结束。

Building balloons over the years hasn’t changed a great deal. It’s still done with sewing machines. It’s still done with a light fabric.

这些年来,制作热气球的工序并没有改变多少。热气球现在还用缝纫机来做,还是用轻薄布料做。

Here you see people packing a balloon into a bag. They’re having to work quite hard to get it in there. Now, that looks like a big one - it’s quite heavy.

这里你可以看到人们把气球塞进一个袋子里。他们必须使劲装才能把它装进去。这个看起来像是个大的,应该很重。

Anything that has a bit of bulk to it, a bit of shape, a bit of volume, we wouldn’t admit defeat on.

就算一个热气球比较大,形状奇特,体积大,我们也不会轻易认输。

It’s totally different from being in an aeroplane. Flying a hot-air balloon is a kind of magical experience, but it’s hard to explain. You really have to try it.

乘坐热气球和坐飞机的体验完全不同。乘坐热气球飞行是一个奇妙的经历,很难用语言描述,必须得自己去体会。

词汇

gravity-defying 失重的

floating 漂浮的,浮动的 

gliding 滑翔 

volume 体积

问题答案

They built the first modern air balloon this side of the Atlantic (Europe).