Cloud Hoppers are basket-less hot air balloons. They are usually flown by just one pilot.  The pilot sits in either a swinging or attached seat. The burner is attached to a framework which also attaches to the propane tank and the balloon.  In some versions the pilot actually sits on the propane tank.

Most of the major hot air balloon manufacturers sell cloud hoppers although they may have their own name for them.

Home building is a common option for this type of balloon.

They typically are either ultralight or experimental aircraft.

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