Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Fiesta by aglennc

Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

The 47th annual hot air balloon Fiesta was the major and absolutely magical and unbelievable event of our New Mexico tour. The early morning mass ascension of up to 700 hot air balloons during the same about two hour period was a sight we'll never forget. This annual fiesta is the largest gathering of hot air balloons in the world, and balloonists from all over the world participate..

Mass ascension, a launch of all the participating balloons has been a feature of the Balloon Fiesta since its earliest days and is the most spectacular display of sound and color in all of aviation. During mass ascensions, balloons launch in two waves. Launch directors serve as traffic cops, coordinating the launch so balloons leave the field in a safe and coordinated manner. Weather permitting, balloons begin to launch at about 7:00 AM on mass ascension days, led by a balloon flying the American flag to the strains of The Star Spangled Banner. (We were up and ready to leave for the fiesta grounds with our tour group by 5:30. We were served breakfast on the grounds and ate in the still dark of the morning.)
Excellent timing and capture...Great info
October 24th, 2018  
Awesome! I love it. Fav.
October 24th, 2018  
nice shot
October 24th, 2018  
Super shot
October 24th, 2018  
@susiemc Thanks Sue, for the fav! This was truly an unbelievable experience!
October 25th, 2018  
Great capture
October 28th, 2018  
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