What is the answer to the question of how many wings in a WWM (Wide Width and Length) balloon? This is something that people have been asking since the advent of the first WWM (wide width and length) balloon. And the answer has always been a “one too many”. There has been some improvement on the design of WWM balloons in recent years but there is still quite a bit of work to be done. We will look at some of the challenges that remain when we look at the question from this vantage point.
The original question was posed by Willi Dietrich who was the one who designed the original WWM design. His original design was quite a remarkable achievement because it was the first time that this type of balloon was introduced to the world. It was the first time that a balloon could be used for both passenger and cargo purposes. The balloon was also one of the first commercial products ever introduced to the public. Willi Dietrich might have a point with his original design but how many of us really know how many wings are actually in a WWM (Wide Width and Length) balloon?
How many actually are there? Well, if you look at the original specifications of the WWM, you will see that it states that the wings are to be “five feet squared”. In other words, they were designed to be approximately thirty feet in diameter. If you look at the actual dimensions, it appears that the actual dimensions are much less. So, how many times have you seen a balloon that is this size? Probably not too many times.
There have been different ways to calculate the number of wings in a WWM. The most common way is to take the altitude and circumference of the balloon and divide them together. The actual measurement used for this calculation is the altitude and circumference. This then gives the actual number of “Wings” in the balloon. You might have noticed that this question has multiple answers, so it does indeed require some mathematical calculations on your end.
The question usually comes up because people want to figure out how many layers of gas in the balloon actually has. There is actually only one layer of gas in a WWM and it is called the “Wick”. The “Wick” is what actually holds the balloon together. The balloon is actually filled with a mixture of air, Propane, and Kerosene. So, it is a good question to ask, how many layers are there?
One of the answers that you might hear is “it depends” or “there is no right answer”. Of course there is no right answer, this question is as important to the builder as it is to the customer. It would be best to find someone who has built the balloon yourself and ask him/her how many layers of gas in the balloon has.
Some of the more popular bww design sheets have the designers go through the questions one by one and list the answers on there. It is a good way to learn and get ideas of different questions you may have. Also, this question has a simple solution, so knowing how many layers of gas are in the bww is good enough. This is not to say that the more you build the bigger your wings, because that will never happen.
How many layers of gas do you want your WWM to have? This question will determine how many layers of gas you should use. The more layers you have the larger your balloon will be and the heavier it will be. If you want something that is light enough to be carried around (sometimes) the more layers you will need to use. A good question to ask when building a bwn is how many layers to use in a new medium and how many layers to use in a big bow.