Foundation News

Aerial Pioneers: Celebrating 240 Years Since the First Human Flight

Balloonists worldwide come together on November 21st to celebrate Montgolfier Day, marking the 240th anniversary of the first untethered hot air balloon flight with human passengers. Join us on a journey through the clouds as we revisit the awe-inspiring moment when François Pilatre de Rozier and François Laurent, Marquis d’Arlandes, embarked on the maiden voyage of the famous Montgolfier balloon. This pivotal event is showcased in the Balloon Museum’s exhibit, “The World Changed Forever.”

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Montgolfier Days: Where Science Takes Flight in Albuquerque!

Excitement is in the air as The Balloon Museum Foundation and The Balloon Explorium come together to celebrate ballooning history at the annual Montgolfier Days. This year, the festivities aim to reach new heights of education and interactive fun. Get inspired as The Balloon Explorium takes the thrilling world of hot air balloons into the heart of local schools.

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Embrace the Celestial Spectacle: Annular Solar Eclipse on October 14, 2023

Are you ready for a celestial show that promises to leave you awestruck? Mark your calendars for October 14, 2023, the second Saturday of Fiesta, when the skies will treat us to a mesmerizing annular solar eclipse. It’s a rare and thrilling event that will turn your gaze skyward as the Moon dances in front of the Sun, creating a spectacular “Ring of Fire” in the heavens.

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True or False: A Mass Ascension is the Best

When you view the Balloon Fiesta Event Schedule, you’ll see different names for the morning events – Mass Ascension, Double Balloon Launch and Competition, Flight of the Nations Mass Ascension, Special Shape Rodeo, and Farewell Mass Ascension. All of these morning fall into two basic launch formats:

– Mass Ascension
– Double Launch (Balloon Launch / Competitions)

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The 66th Annual Gordon Bennett Race at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Every year, the world’s finest aviators and adventurers gather to push the boundaries of human flight, traversing the heavens in search of victory, camaraderie, and the sheer thrill of the unknown. This year, the spotlight shines on the 66th annual Gordon Bennett Race, hosted amidst the breathtaking backdrop of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta from October 7-15, 2023.

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Soaring Gratitude: Introducing the Balloon Museum Foundation’s “Pay it Upward Patron Package”

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a breathtaking spectacle that captures the hearts and imaginations of people from all walks of life. The vivid colors of hot air balloons decorating the sky create an awe-inspiring scene that celebrates community, togetherness, and the sheer joy of being alive. As the excitement for this year’s Balloon Fiesta builds, the Balloon Museum Foundation is thrilled to announce an innovative way to spread gratitude and celebrate those who make a difference in our lives. Introducing the “Pay it Upward Patron Package,” a remarkable opportunity to recognize and appreciate the contributions of patrons, non-profits, and service providers at The Foundation’s annual Observation Deck VIP Dining Experience during Fiesta.

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Balloon Fiesta, Balloon Museum – What’s the Difference?

You’ll come across different names and terms when planning your visit to the world’s largest ballooning event. It might get confusing! To help clarify, here is a list of the primary locations and organizations you’ll hear mentioned in the hope of helping you make the best decisions for this experience of a lifetime.

Balloon Fiesta, both an event and an organization, is the common name for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®. The organization is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is:

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Observation Deck Group Sales

As the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta approaches, it’s time to seize the opportunity to create unforgettable memories with your family or team. The Observation Deck at the Balloon Museum presents a perfect setting to elevate your experience during this breathtaking event. With group sales packages, you can reward your employees, impress potential clients, or celebrate your loved ones! Join us for a dining event from October 7-15, 2023, and elevate your celebration!

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