FAI CIA Ballooning Commission Hall of Fame Exhibit
About the Hall of Fame
Relocated to the Albuquerque Balloon Museum in 2011 by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, the FAI Ballooning Commission International Hall of Fame (Hall of Fame) recognizes those who have made significant contributions to Aerostation, including those who have excelled in business, history, design and engineering, in addition to those better known for their contributions in flying balloons or airships of any category, in competition or records. It features more than 40 inductees.
Jan Balkedal (Sweden)Professional & Sport BalloonistBorn September 21, 1945, Stockholm, SwedenJan Balkedal has had a very long and successful career in ballooning. He has won 5 medals at World Hot Air Balloon Championships, more than anyone else. He has competed in 19 of the 20 World Hot Air Balloon Championships so far. 1979 in Sweden he was an official. Since 1971 when he got his balloon license, Jan Balkedal has flown AA, AX, AM and BX aerostats and is still very active. In 1977 he constructed a hot air airship with better performance than other existing BX airships. In 1980 he constructed a 4800 m3 hot air replica of the gas balloon used by S. A. Andrée for a polar expedition 1897. The replica was used in a movie about the 1897 polar flight. He has participated in more than 20 other movie productions that included balloon flights. Five of those have been full length cinema movies. In 1984 Jan Balkedal produced the award-winning “Balloon Ballet”. He has also many times shared his competition experience with younger pilots in numerous seminars for the Swedish national teams.
Umberto Nobile (Italy)
Born January 21, 1885, Lauro (Avellino), Italy
Died July 30, 1978, Rome, Italy
Umberto Nobile was appointed to plan and develop an airship by the Norwegian aero club to do the first flight over the north pole. The 11th of May 1926 Nobile and his dog Titina, Amundsen , Ellsworth and other 13 people took off from the Svalbard islands and landed in Teller, Alaska on the 13th at 7:30 am. They flew over the North Pole at 1:30 am on the 12th. We know now that they were the first ever to get to the north pole and to fly over it (neither Peary nor Byrd actually got there).
Col. Joseph W. “Joe” Kittinger, Jr. (USA)
The FAI CIA Ballooning Commission Hall of fame exhibit at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum was made possible through the generous donation of Shirley Clark and the entire Clark family in remembrance of posthumous 2011 Hall of Fame inductee balloonist, entrepreneur, Albuquerque native, former AAIBMF Board member beloved husband, father and friend, Ron Clark.
If you would like to donate to maintain and expand this exhibit, please contact the Foundation office at (505) 880-0500 from 9am-5pm (MST) every day or go to the Donate Now section of the website and include what you would like your gift to fund. Gifts of $5,000 or more will be given physical signage recognition within the exhibit.
All other gifts will be acknowledged on our website. Your gift is tax deductible. Thank you for your consideration and generous support.