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International Ballooning Hall of Fame

A Balloon Museum Exhibition Featuring Official Inductees from Around the World

Féderation Aéronautique Internationale Ballooning Commission International Hall of Fame

A view of an exhibition on Sport Ballooning

With an emphasis on the science, technology, engineering, and math-related contributions of world-renowned balloonists, the redesigned International Ballooning Hall of Fame at the Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, delves into the groundbreaking advancements and achievements of Hall of Fame inductees.

SPORT BALLOONING

Lighter-than-air sport involves competition, the type of which varies depending on the skill level of the pilot and the type of aerostat flown, an aerostat is a lighter-than-air aircraft that gains its lift through the use of a buoyant, lighter-than-air gas. Aerostats include unpowered balloons and powered airships. In the United States, hot air ballooning is a popular sport, whereas in Europe gas ballooning is more common, even for leisure flights. This is because hydrogen is cheaper and more available in Europe. There is also a longer tradition of gas balloon flying there. Regardless of the type of aerostat, competition flying provides pilots the opportunity to practice and sharpen their piloting skills. Just like with many other sports, practice is needed to maintain, hone and broaden skills and to improve performance, enhance safety and stay sharp.   

FAI/CIA

The World Air Sports Federation's International Ballooning Commission, or Comité International d'Aérostation, founded the Hall of Fame in 1994 to honor those who have made significant contributions to ballooning and airships, including those who have excelled in business, history, design, engineering, competitions, and record-setting. The Balloon Museum has been home to the International Ballooning Hall of Fame since 2011.

The multi-media exhibition includes many unique and never-before-seen artifacts from the Balloon Museum's extensive collection, including burners, instruments, and inflation devices. A centerpiece touchscreen interactive, nearly 8 feet tall, invites visitors to learn more about all of the inductees.

HOF Interactive

The exhibition traces the stories of inductees, beginning with those who launched the age of human aviation over two centuries ago through ballooning. Since then, people have pushed the technology of ballooning and lighter-than-air (LTA) aviation in order to reach new heights, gain new knowledge, and advance human capabilities.

The International Ballooning Hall of Fame recognizes and memorializes the accomplishments of these legendary aeronauts.

In 2021 the Ballooning Commission recognize Wilhelm Eimers and Jim Winker for their groundbreaking advancements and achievements in ballooning.  Read Press Release: Two Pioneers Recognized and Inducted Into the FAI Ballooning Commission International Hall of Fame.

 

Watch: The FAI Ballooning Commission International Hall Of Fame - 2019 Induction Ceremony

In 2019, the Ballooning Commission recognized Paolo Bonanno and Norman Pritchard for their groundbreaking advancements and achievements in ballooning.  Read Press Release: Two Pioneers Recognized and Inducted Into the FAI Ballooning Commission International Hall of Fame