I don’t know about everyone else, but I have had an amazingly large number of sightings of balloons while in flight. I’m talking about the toy variety, not the Goodyear variety. Just in the last 3 years or so, I’ve probably seen 3 or 4. I’ve spotted both the conventional rubber variety and the mylar ones. I’ve zoomed past some that missed by no more than 50 feet or so. Heck, you have to be pretty close to even spot something that small. Most of these encounters have been over the LA basin.
There’s a lot of air up there, and a balloon is a pretty tiny thing. It seems like it would be a once in a lifetime event to encounter one in flight. Has anyone else noticed what seems to be a vertiable balloon barrage up there?