Event News & Updates
Albuquerque, NM – The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®, a private nonprofit corporation, announced the election of its 2014 officers and welcomed JR Allison as a new director.
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Gas Balloon News
Official results have now been released for the 18th America’s Challenge distance race for gas balloons, confirming that Team 1, Peter Cuneo and Barbara Fricke, are the winners.
The last balloon aloft in the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta’s 18th America’s Challenge distance race for gas balloons has made a safe landing about four miles north of White River in Ontario, Canada.
For most of the night, apparent America’s Challenge winners Peter Cuneo and Barbara Fricke have been transiting Lake Superior. They’ve now been in the air more than 58 hours and have flown about 1,360 miles (2,185 km).
One balloon remains aloft in the 18th America’s Challenge distance race for gas balloons.
The Command Center has just received word that Team 5, Phil Bryant and Andy Cayton, have landed safely near Long Prairie, Minnesota. Their only problem? Mosquitoes at the landing site!
News from the Balloon Fiesta Newsletter
If you attended the 2013 Balloon Fiesta, a mass ascension of balloons wasn’t the only cool thing you saw. Over 200 Airstream RVs traveled together to Albuquerque in October, including one family that has traveled over 40,000 miles in a 2007 Airstream International 25FB Ocean Breeze named “Mali Mish.”
Dan, the patriarch of the family and driver of Mali Mish, told us a little more about his RV experience at Balloon Fiesta and traveling with three kids under the age of 6.
As Balloon Fiesta is quickly approaching, Bill Walker, President of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Board of Directors, gives fans insider tips and advice in this issue’s “Inside the Basket."
Traveling all over the world with two hot air balloons, Pilot Luc Goethals and wife/crew chief Loren Goethals fly together and work as a team. Piloting the special shape Pigasus (formerly Mr. PWUP) and their 105,000-cubic balloon “Zipper” at this year’s Balloon Fiesta, the Goethals explain how their love started “Inside the Basket,” years ago at Balloon Fiesta:
Event Director Don Edwards and Balloon Fiesta friends went to the International Lorraine Mondial Air Balloons Festival in France. Don met with other event organizers from across the world to spread fellowship and news about Balloon Fiesta.
From highlighting the beautiful colors of an envelope to the laughs and smiles of a child, Raymond Watt has been capturing Balloon Fiesta as one of the official photographers for over a decade. This month’s Inside the Basket features great advice on camera settings and the best objects to shoot during Balloon Fiesta.