"To Rise Above The Rest" Balloon Fiesta Tip by VeronicaG

Balloon Fiesta, Albuquerque: 33 reviews and 49 photos

  Filling the Balloon
by VeronicaG
  • Filling the Balloon - Albuquerque
      Filling the Balloon
    by VeronicaG
  • Fueling the Balloon - Albuquerque
      Fueling the Balloon
    by VeronicaG

Hot air balloons are filled by using a propane-fired burner (picture #2). The tanks lie at the bottom or sides of the basket and the pilot can control the flow with levers.

I learned that balloons can't be steered left or right, but can only go up or down. The wind decides which direction one goes, so its important to know exactly which way you'll be headed--you don't want to drift into the Sandia mountains or into the Rio Grande river.

To rise, the pilot adds more hot air, to descend one releases the hot air...slowly. When in flight, the balloon below has the right of way.

During the festival visitors could sign up for hot air balloon rides. The cost was $150.00 per a half hour and $300 for an hour. We didn't schedule a flight, but many people did!

Address: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Phone: (505) 768-6050
Website: http://aibf.org/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 18, 2007
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