|Has it been that long?
||[May. 23rd, 2007|09:55 pm]
Hot Air Balloon Enthusiasts
In Belgium, massive Darth Vader balloon celebrates Star Wars|
The Associated Press
CEROUX, Belgium: A hot air balloon in the shape of Darth Vader's helmet took off from the square in this Belgian village Thursday to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the "Star Wars" sci-fi saga.
The balloon, 26 meters (86 feet) high and 21 meters (69 feet) wide, with three people in the basket, took the air to the cheers of several hundred people participating in a balloon festival.
The balloon, in the shape of the helmet of the legendary "Star Wars" villain, was the brainchild of Belgian Star Wars fans and cost "in the region of €100,000 (US$135,000)" to build and operate, organizers said.
The original "Star Wars" movie was released on May 25, 1977.