bal·​loon·​ist | \ bə-ˈlü-nist How to pronounce balloonist (audio) \

Definition of balloonist

: a person who operates or rides in a balloon

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Deb and Ron Nollen of the village of Merton are not only hot air balloonists but also NASCAR enthusiasts. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hot air balloon 'Last Lap' pays tribute to legendary NASCAR drivers," 2 Apr. 2018 Around the World in 80 Days’’ (1956), starring David Niven as balloonist and adventurer Phileas Fogg and Cantinflas as his trusty manservant. Adam Bernstein,, "Michael Anderson, 98, acclaimed director," 30 Apr. 2018 Aeronauts will be an action-adventure film based on true events surrounding two 19th century hot air balloonists, according to, which first broke the news about the possible re-pairing. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Eddie Redmayne will take film flight again with 'Theory of Everything' star Felicity Jones," 15 Feb. 2018 There was no damage to the school or any of the homes the balloonist flew over. CBS News, "Hot-air balloons get "pulled over" after flying extra close to rooftops," 7 Feb. 2018 The two 'Theory of Everything' alums are in talks to star as 19th century hot air balloonists. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, "Felicity Jones, Eddie Redmayne in Talks to Re-Team for 'The Aeronauts' at Amazon," 27 Nov. 2017 The duo are in talks to star in the period action adventure from Tom Harper about the real-life 19th century hot air balloonists, pilot Amelia Wren and scientist James Glaisher. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, "Felicity Jones, Eddie Redmayne in Talks to Re-Team for 'The Aeronauts' at Amazon," 27 Nov. 2017 Everything from wind conditions to equipment failure to thunderstorms had gotten in the way of prospective balloonists. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "A Brief History of Trans-Atlantic Balloon Crossings," 11 Aug. 2017 Uber balloonists will then be picked up in an UberX, driven to the festival, and dropped off with Rainbow Ryders, the area's most famous hot air balloon service, to head up in the air. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Uber Is Offering Free Hot Air Balloon Rides in Albuquerque This Weekend," 13 Oct. 2017

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1784, in the meaning defined above

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