International Balloon Fiesta, Albuquerque, New Mexico, American Culture

The Kodak Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the largest assembly of hot-air balloons in the world. It has been held annually during the first week of October since 1971. 

 

The 2009 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta takes place October 3 - 11, 2009.

International Balloon Fiesta

office hours
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta's office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time.

 

location
Balloon Fiesta Park is located at 5000 Balloon Fiesta Parkway NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113
Latitude N 35º 11.8'  Longitude W 106º 35.8'

 

weather
Updated 05/14/09 1:31a
Temperature: 68.8 F
Wind: 8.0 mph From SW (218 Deg.)
10 Minute Avg. Wind Speed = 13.0 mph
Station Pressure: 29.598 in
3 Hour Pressure Trend: Rising Slowly
Sunrise 6:03a Sunset 8:03p

 

Hot Air Balloon Photos

 

The Gathering Crowd

A crowd gathers near the balloons prior to the mass ascent at the Albuquerque Internationl
Balloon Fiesta -- the largest event of its kind in the world.

 

traffic control

Traffic controllers in their striped uniforms do a superb job in launching the balloons during the mass ascent

 

inflation

Propane burners heat the air in the balloon, inflating it, so it can
achieve an upright attitude prior to launch. Shenzhen

 

mass ascent

The Mass Ascent

 

lift-off

Balloon Lift-Off

 

heating air

The flame from the propane burner heats and expands the air in the balloon so it will rise.

 

balloon watchers

spectators get a close up view of the mass ascent

 

international balloons

Balloons from around the world produce a rainbow of colors that fill the morning sky

 

balloon stages

balloons in stages of ascent

 

inflating color

inflating color

 

ascent

Ascent

 

Chiquita

Chiquita

 

Fiesta Field from above

Our balloon rises high over the Albuquerque balloon field

 

in flight

balloon control

 

hot air balloon

balloons in flight

 

heat control

The pilot is reaching for the propane burner to increase the air temperature within the balloon so it will rise.

 

axial view

balloon's gondola and central cavity

 

Chiquita-Sam face off

Chiquita meets Uncle Sam

 

stork balloon from altitude

stork balloon as seen from my balloon ride

 

balloons over Rio Grande

Wide-field view of hot-air balloons over the Rio Grande River near Albuquerque, New Mexico

 

low flight

Balloons skim the trees and waterways near Albuquerque, New Mexico

 

heating air

Heating the air results in balloon expansion and ascent

 

Tony the Tiger balloon

Tony the Tiger balloon

 

river reflection

Balloon river reflection                       

 



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