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Women in STEAM

Join us during our Year of the Woman at the Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum!

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment which guarantees and protects a woman's constitutional right to vote. In honor of this, the museum will celebrate the breakthroughs, achievements and inspiring moments of females in the field of STEAM on all our social media platforms.

The women who will be highlighted are pioneers in their fields who have risen above the odds to create an example for younger generations to follow. Each month will allow followers to learn about historical female figures who changed the world with a strength that continues to shine through other women who are filling the footsteps of past trailblazers who deserve recognition.

The mission of the museum is to inspire a spirit of exploration, discovery, and achievement through experiences that engage our visitors in the history, science, sport, and art of ballooning and other innovative forms of flight.

January - Female Pilots

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January's Featured Local Hot Air Balloon Pilot - Savannah Noel Bradley

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Name of Hot Air Balloon you pilot - My family owns many balloons, however, the balloon I fly most often is our racer that I named “Heaven Help Us.”

How long have you been a pilot? I have been around ballooning my whole life with my first flight being at 5 months old. I have been a pilot since my 16th birthday on January 19, 2016.
What inspired your ambition to pursue becoming a pilot? When I was younger, I had no interest in becoming a pilot. When I turned 13, I had fallen in love with a balloon that my family had bought to get my mom back into ballooning. She is also a pilot and stopped flying when my younger brother and I were born. This balloon was called “7th Heaven” and unfortunately doesn’t fly anymore. The youngest you can solo in a balloon is 14 and I decided that I wanted to solo in this balloon on my 14th birthday. This became my goal and I trained every weekend with my instructor, Casey Donnelly. I loved the adventure of the sport and the fact that you never landed in the same place, it is completely up to the winds of the day.
What would you like people to know about the sport of ballooning that is not widely known? I would like people to know how much skill is involved in flying a balloon. Even though the only control we have is vertical, which depends on how much heat we put into the balloon, it also takes a lot of knowledge of the weather and winds to fly the aircraft to where you want it to go.
Favorite ballooning event? My favorite ballooning event is the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
If you could be anyone in history, who would it be and why? I would be Nellie Bly. She was a famous stunt journalist, well-known for going around the world in 79 days, which was inspired by Jules Vern’s “Around the World in 80 Days”. I find everything she did extremely admirable and I am fascinated by the intense stories she covered.
Special talent or skill needed to be a successful hot air balloon pilot?  To be a successful hot air balloon pilot, you must be able to read the weather and understand how to manipulate the winds mother nature gives you to get where you want to go.
What words of encouragement or quote would you give to young women interested in becoming a hot air balloon pilot? Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. Many people will doubt you, but don’t let that deter you. Do what you love and if you long to take to the skies, do it.

Upcoming in February - Women in Technology