Tuesday Photo from Balloon Fiesta

October 9th, 2012 at 5:18 am by under Photos

9:00am: The Sid Cutter Memorial competition comes to end. Join us again tomorrow for more live streaming and live blogging of the Flight of the Nations Mass Ascension Flying Competition.

8:51am: A different side of things, a view from the web desk…

8:47am: It was a cold start this morning but as the sun comes up, you begin to warm up.  Though there is competition on the field, the clear skies and the Albuquerque light make for some incredible images.

8:37am: Balloons begin to land.  They are not allow to land within the target range so after they drop their marker some pilots land down-field.  Other pilots make another go for the target with a little help of the Albuquerque Box.

8:28am: Pilots have to pilot in 360 degrees, left right, up and down.  As they come into the field and drop down to a target, they need to be aware of who is above them when they rapidly ascend again to move off field.

8:22am: A swarm of balloons make a race for the target.  Some just hang there trying to take aim.

8:13am: Pilots are now within the target range and dropping their markers.  They drop either from high up or descend rapidly and see how close they can get to the target.  These pilots really know how to maneuver their balloons.

8:10am: Here come the balloons, heading towards the field for the mornings competition

8:06am: The weather and the Albuquerque Box explained

8:00am: Now with New Mexico Style, Nikki and Kristen.  The balloon are preparing down-field for today’s competition.  The field is now open for the event!

7:56am: The balloon field is being cleared from the launch field as now it becomes the competition field for the Sid Cutter Memorial

7:46am: Steven Michael Quezada plays “Gomez” on  Breaking Bad joins us on this morning.

7:39am: The Bees do take flight!  There are many special shapes out this morning and the Bees are always a crowd favorite.

7:35am: The sun comes up and so does the Elivs balloon.  Tom Garrity joins us on set too.

7:30am: Ona Johnson the Director of the New Mexico Centennial joins Matt and Kristen on set with Airabelle and Darth Vader balloons making a nice backdrop.

7:22am: Airabelle, The Flying Cow just took off.  It must be a perfect weather day!  She flew directly over our set! Amazing. Can we maybe see the Bee’s next?


7:15am: More special shapes inflate, Airabelle, Darth Vader, Spider Pig…

7:09am: National Anthem has just completed. Special shape Sam from Brazil inflates…

6:44am: From the pilot briefing… Yesterday’s winds worked as planned with no incidents so holding off the launch benefited all.  Today there is perfect weather with clear skies for ballooning.  There is a weak box for today competition.  The non-competing balloons will launch from the field and competing balloons will launch 1 mile off fields.  Officials will start clearing the field at 7:40am in prep for today’s events.

6:10am: Today’s completion is the Sid Cutter Memorial. A boat is placed in the middle of the field surrounded by two islands. The main target is the boat but anything that lands on an island counts too.

5:34am: @mattatkrqe What @kvdatkrqe and I see when you see us at #balloonfiesta

5:33am: @kdvatkrqe About 42 degrees here at #balloonfiestaBundle up and come on out! Wind is a lot calmer. Dawn patrol set to go in about 10 minutes.

5:31am: Gas Balloon update: Delta Goodie Pilot Cheri White and Co-Pilot Mark Sullivan are in the lead. They are just southwest of Memphis, TN.

Track Gas Balloons here »

5:29am: A new event this year, the 2012 Balloon Fiesta Film Fest will provide collegiate filmmakers the opportunity to develop short films/digital videos featuring different aspects of the 2012 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

Learn more »

5:26: Dawn Patrol pilots take off in the dark and fly until it is light enough to see landing sites. Fellow balloonists appreciate the Dawn Patrol because they can watch the balloons and get an early idea of wind speeds and directions at different altitudes. Dawn Patrol inflations begin, weather permitting, at about 5:45 AM, with launch around 6:00 AM.

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5:20am @mattatkrqe Where the real #krqe work at #balloonfiesta happens

5:17am: Weather, looking good for today but winds will be picking up from mid-day Thursday into Friday. Today is looking hopeful for an on-time Dawn Patrol (weather has prohibited them from launching on time all Fiesta).

2 Responses to “Tuesday Photo from Balloon Fiesta”

  1. Kimberlee Lockhart says:

    This is a lovely blog you guys. What a pleasant surprise to find it. I will be referencing this very frequently :)
    As an Albuquerque native, I’ve enjoyed the Balloon Fiesta for 41 years (I’m 45). We live close to the balloon park and we get to see them flying over our trailer, sometimes as close as a hundred feet! Many a time I’ve been woken up by the huge ‘Whoooosh!!’ Of their burners as they fly Dawn Patrol. Also, my birthday is October 1st so, more often than not, it falls during the fiesta.

    1. Thanks and happy belated birthday!

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