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More than 30 hot air balloonists are participating in the 26th annual Atlantic International Balloon Fiesta this week.

Doug Shippee (in photo) of Saint John is not just an enthusiast. At age 82, he's the oldest licenced balloon pilot in Canada. The CBC's Michael Richard LeBlanc went up with Doug and his fellow pilot Jim Rogers aboard the Sinbad.

First flights are scheduled for Thursday, Septemer 8 around suppertime, but the festival begins officially Friday.


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