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Air Wars

Air Wars

Here's a trivia question for you. What air sport's beginnings involved a sheep, a duck, and a rooster? That may sound like the setup for a bad joke, but it's a real scenario - one that lay the foundation for...
America's Challenge Gas Balloon Race 2012

American Team Wins “America’s Challenge” 2012

The American team of pilot Cheri White and co-pilot Mark Sullivan are the unofficial winners of the America’s Challenge gas balloon race. White and Sullivan along with four other teams launched their balloons on Sunday evening, the weather-delayed opening day...
Les Nessman Memorial Turkey Drop 2012

Les Nessman Memorial Turkey Drop

Hot air balloonists will gather in east central Illinois this holiday weekend for one of the really unique events in the sport. The 15th annual Les Nessman Memorial Turkey Drop, sponsored by the Danville (Ill.) Balloon Club will be held...
Carolina Balloonfest

39th Carolina BalloonFest honors Ristaino

Dozens of hot air balloonists will salute one of their brethren this weekend at the Carolina BalloonFest. This year’s 39th annual festival is dedicated to the memory of Edward Ristaino, an area balloonist who died in a crash in March. This...
Sports Betting Company Takes Heat from the Faithful

Sports Betting Company Takes Heat from the Faithful

An Australian gambling firm called Sportsbet recently caused hot air balloon news and no little outrage when it sent aloft in the skies over Melbourne a 151 foot tall hot air balloon in the shape of the Christ the...
2013 Hot Air Balloon National Championships

2013 Hot Air Balloon National Championships

In hot air balloon news, competitors from all over will participate in the National Hot Air Balloon Championship from July 22 to 28. This competition, hosted by the state of Texas, will feature a balloon race featuring more than...
Coupe Icare 2012

Coupe Icare 2012

If you happen to be in France right now, you're in for a treat. The Coupe Icare has been the most anticipated air sports event since 1974. Held against the backdrop of the breath-taking Alps, it has proven to...
Hudson Hot Air Affair

Hudson Hot Air Affair

Balloon pilots are gearing up for the Hudson Hot Air Affair, one of the premiere winter hot air ballooning events. The annual event in Hudson, Wisc., is a ballooning event and winter festival that attracts thousands of visitors to the...
Las Vegas Balloon Fest

1st Annual Las Vegas Balloon Fest

Early November is a wonderful time to take flight over the Nevada desert. It’s also a great place to attend a ballooning event. Las Vegas organizers are hoping to make hot air balloon news and are saying bring the...
Balloon Festivals Blowing Air

Blowing Air

Many regional hot air balloon festival occur each year during the summer. Many show off many types of beautiful hot air balloons to spectators with a variety of entertainment. Festivals occur in states from New York in the east...
GoPro Survives Free Fall

GoPro Survives 12,500 Foot Fall

Skydiver Lucas Damn’s helmet-cam made skydiving news when it was knocked out of its casing as he jumped out of the plane in a recent dive. The camera survived the 12,500 foot fall and laid resting in the field...
World Hot Air Balloon Championship 2012

Kentucky Man Wins World Hot Air Balloon Championship

Kentucky is known for a lot of things. Add to the list a history of winning hot air balloon competitions. Nick Donner, of Louisville, a five-time national hot air balloon champ exceeded his accomplishments recently, by taking home a world...
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

As beautiful fall weather breaks across the Sandia Mountains of New Mexico, balloonists from all over the world are rallying in Albuquerque for the 42nd annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.  The event runs from October 5th to October 13th,...
Hot Air Balloon Pilots to Train in the USA

Taiwan Looking to US to Train Pilots

Many residents of the United States and Canada are familiar with hot air balloon festivals.  There is nothing like watching a sea of colorful balloons filling up in the cool of the early morning, listening to the whoosh of...
Hot Events in Chilly January for Hot Air Balloon Lovers!

Hot Events in Chilly January for Hot Air Balloon Lovers

January is cold but the hot air balloon news this month is off with a sizzling start at the Havasu Balloon Festival January 18-21, 2013! This is their third annual event that has become a hot ticket for the...
albuquerque balloon festival 2017video

The Sights and Wonders of the Albuquerque Balloon Festival 2017

The Albuquerque International Balloon Festival has been wowing visitors from all over the world for over 46 years and the 2017 festival was no different. This year past records were shattered, attendance numbers soared, and visitors were treated to...
Crossroads Balloon Rally

Crossroads Balloon Rally

Hot air balloons, team roping competitions, chicken-fried steak and wine. Those are just some of the attractions planned for the Lamesa, Texas, Crossroads Balloon Rally and Chicken-Fried Steak Festival. Organizers are expecting between 20 and 40 balloonists for the second...
Monument Valley Balloon Event

Monument Valley Balloon Event

Hot air balloonists will kick off the New Year in style with the Monument Valley Balloon Event. The 3rd annual festival is being promoted by the Navajo Parks and Recreation organization. Festival activities begin on Jan. 11 and conclude on...