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The gang faces pirate ghosts in a flying balloon-ship.
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- Bobby Bluster (single appearance)
- Air Boy Altostratus (single appearance)
- Clem Cumulus (single appearance)
- Skeleton Pirates (single appearance)(disguise)/
- Birdwatchers (single appearance)
- Capistrano, California
- Hot-Air Balloon Race
- The Mystery Machine
- Skeleton Pirates Airship
|Birdwatchers||They said they had come to see the famous swallows of Capistrano, but Fred said that those birds always returned on March 19th, and that they were two months late. Daphne also noticed that they had picks and shovels in their birdwatching van.|
|Air Boy Altostratus||To win the hot-air balloon race.|
|Clem Cumulus||To win the hot-air balloon race.|
|Birdwatchers as the Skeleton Pirates||Motive/reason|
The first story has enough imagination for ten. Scooby and the Gang attend a ballooning competition. Cunningham comes up with the nifty idea of fashioning the gondolas into replicas of ships. With their usual aplomb, Scott Gross and Jorge Pacheco execute the ingenious concept.
The villains of the piece fit the theme of the race. Their accoutrements and look clue the reader quickly into something fishy afloat, but the visual is memorable, and the masquerade allows for a little more emotion which becomes important in accenting some of the scenes.
Mystery Inc. is in excellent form for this story. It's a nice touch that Daphne is the first to become suspicious. Scooby and Shaggy get sucked up into a trap gone wrong. Fred makes two terrific saves.