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Albuquerque's First Aeronaut

A FREE lecture about Park Van Tassel’s 1882 Balloon Flight in Albuquerque


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Jul 09, 2016
02:30 PM - 04:00 PM


Albuquerque Balloon Museum
9201 Balloon Museum Dr NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113


When Park Van Tassel, an Albuquerque saloon keeper, soared two miles above the city in a coal-gas balloon, he became our very first aeronaut.  That was on July 4, 1882.  Van went on to become a famous ballooning pioneer, flying gas and hot air (smoke) balloons in five states, six US territories and two dozen countries.  Van's life story is a series of successful balloon flights punctuated by nearly as many mishaps.

This fascinating lecture is presented by Dick Brown, AIBF Heritage Committee member, winner of the 1980 Montgolfier Diplome, co-author of two AIBF balloon books, and longtime contributor to the Balloon Fiesta program.