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Mr. Mariachi

ABQ Hot air keeps manufacturing new balloons. Yesterday they inflated this one for the first time.

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Andrew Richardson Mariachi1
SN 017

Operated by ABQ Hot Air

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Aquarium

Also this one was manufactured by ABQ Hot Air and made his first appearance last week in Albuquerque.

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Andrew Richardson Fishbowl
SN 008

Operated by ABQ Hot Air

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Rio Grande Raider

Offical presented on the AIBF a few days ago. This one was manufactured in only 25 days.

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Andrew Richardson Ship-110
SN 004

Operated by ABQ Hot Air

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Yoda joins Darth Vader

Visitors from the AIBF got to see the first appearance on saturday morning. Next to Darth Vader a green creature started to inflate. The Belgian team from Benoit and Michel Lambert who operate the Darth Vader balloon for many years found it was time for good to meet evil in the skies. The last months Yoda was manufactured by Cameron Balloons and just before the AIBF it had his test inflation. Both balloons will be seen together at several festivals the next years.

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Cameron Z-56
SN 11845

Operated by Pearl Balloon

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Speedy Snail is born

The team from Rubic Balloons has been working very hard the last weeks to get their new project ready just before the AIBF. Their Speedy Snail was born yesterday and ready to race to balloon festivals.

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Rubic Balloons RUBIC III SNAIL
SN 091

Operated by Rubic Balloons

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Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji) black diamond balloon

This new special shape balloon will debut at this year’s Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. It bears the black diamond of the fraternity Phi Gamma Delta and is being called the Fiji Balloon.
The balloon will be used to promote Greek life and will be displayed at other national events like the Rose Bowl, the Super Bowl, the Kentucky Derby and the Indy 500.
More information at www.fijiballoon-team.com

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Cameron US FIJI-105
SN 6744

Operated by Rainbow Raiders

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Happy Orca

Yesterday happy orca was born in Brazil. The balloon has a volume of 3000m³ and will be operated by Air Fly.

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AirFly
SN ???

Operated by Air Fly balloons

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Flying heart

Sometimes we see a new balloon on the internet without any information. Our mission is to search for more information and then publish it. After a long search we discovered that this one was manufactured in January by the Russian company Rusbal. It is now operated by the Tochigi Balloon Club in Japan.

JA-A1487
RCP RUSBAL heart


Operated by Tochigi Balloon
Club

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Speedy

A nice one again from Brazil. Manufactured by Libra Balloons this one will visit several festivals.

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LIBRA BALLOONS


Operated by Libra
Balloons

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Flying pinata

This balloon with a volume of 6000m³ is manufactured by Sepansa in Mexico and not yet registered yet. A pinata is a container often made of papier-mâché, pottery, or cloth which is decorated and filled with small toys or candy. During a celebration the Penata is broken as part of a ceremony.

not registered
SEPANSA

Operated by Vuela en globo

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Galleon for Captain Morgan

In november 2013 this balloon was manufactured and and already registered. his week the giant ship arrived in Skanderborg, Denmark for the music festival Smukfest where it has been tethering throughout the day. The Galleon will be flying over the main stages of the festival in the evenings, carrying several lucky prize winners!

G-MORG (ex OK-2027)
KUBICEK BB-S/SHIP
sn 1027

Operated by Exclusive
Ballooning

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Tiki the fish

During the winter this homebuild balloon with add-ons was manufactured by Bill Whelan. Bill also manufactured the Queen Bee and Bunch of Bees in 2013. The balloon will visit the yearly Gatineau balloon festival.

C-GYTK
BILL WHELAN AX-7MB-25-12
sn 77.500-001F

Operated by Jean Drouin

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Blue whale test inflation

This is the fifth shape manufactured by RVB Balloons this year. The blue whale did his test inflation last thursday in very windy conditions. It will visit some festivals this and the following years.

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RVB Balloons MB-25-12
sn MAB2013135

Operated by RVB Balloons

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Galinha Pintadinha is alive

News from Brazil again. Marcos Bonimcontro from RVB Balloons manufactured this chicken with the name "Galinha Pintadinha". It's a famous Brazilian TV Musical cartoon and in English his name is "Lottie Dottie Chicken".

PP-XPK
RVB Balloons SS-30-GP
sn MAB2014145

Operated by Warley Macedo

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Baby dino is born

Two days ago this baby dino was born in Brazil. The balloon has a volume of 2700m³ and will participate at the International balloonfestival of Saint Jean Sur Richelieu (Canada).

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Aeromagic

Operated by Ricardo de
Almeida

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High Kitty is ready

In february we announced the design of Michael Loy's new balloon. This morning High Kitty made his first testflight at Porto Feliz, Sao Paulo (Brazil.)

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RVB Balloons

Operated by Michael Loy

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Jesus World Cup balloon

Today Australia’s Sportsbet launched this giant Jesus hot-air balloon which is a replica of Brazil’s famous landmark. More information can be found at the website from Cameron Balloons..

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Cameron G-RAIL-90
sn 11808

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Brazilian frog

Today this Brazilian frog made his maidenflight at the "Festival de Balonismo de Torres". It's piloted by Luiz Paulo and is available for festivals around the world. Thanks to blogbalonismo for the pictures.

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AirFly AF-SS-14
sn LP2013-02

Operated by Air Fly balloons

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Little Screech

Last friday another Brazilian balloon made his first flight. Marcos from RVB Balloons created this fantastic owl for Valdemir Taveira who will visit the Albuaquerque International Balloon Fiesta on october with it. The owl has a volume of 3000m³.

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RVB Balloons SS-30-LS
sn MAB2014142

Operated by Valdemir Taveira

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Clown

Last saturday the new Brazilian clown manufactured bij RVB Balloons made his test flight in Brazil. It will be operated by Kenny Shumate from Orlando, Florida (USA).

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RVB Balloons SS-30-KC
sn MAB2014141

Operated by Kenny Shumate

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Pirate cat

Another cat for pilot Benjamin Senn from Switzerland. The first drawing was made by his little son. This third cat is manufactured to celebrate Benjamin his 1000th flight. Picture is from the test flight at the Ultra Magic factory and within a few weeks the Pirate cat will make his maidenflight in Switzerland.

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Ultra Magic M-105 SS
sn 105/197

Operated by Senn Ballonfahrten

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Puddles

For their 15th Birthday Exclusive Ballooning published a competition to search for a simple special shaped balloon. Last year in november the winning drawing was published and Ultra Magic started with the project to build the lightest special shaped balloon ever manufactured. Some days ago the balloon was test inflated in Spain. The whole story about Puddles can be found at www.balloon.tv/penguin

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Ultra Magic

Operated by Exclusive
Ballooning

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Dodo

Last wednesday this giant bird called Dodo made his maidenflight in Camden, Australia. Dodo is a Australian brand who offers services for internet, phone, insurance and electricity. The balloon will be operated by Goldrush Ballooning in conjunction with ColourSpace Aviaition.

VH-UDO
Cameron Dodo 105
sn 11789

Operated by ColourSpace
Aviation

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iconic Owl

The Owl special-shape hot-air balloon idea, came from Mr Maco Oiwa who wanted to highlight the fact, that in Japan this huge and beautifully feathered creature is endangered due to a restriction of its natural habitat and its staple diet, the river fish of the Hokkaido region. This inventive campaign raises awareness and is a powerful way to capture thoughts and imagination as the photographs of the20 metre balloon being tethered and flown are spread through the news and social media.

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Cameron
SN 11971

Operated by Maco Oiwa

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Kiss me, I'm a prince

This week Koen Audenaert from Cameron Balloons Belgium made the first flight with his new toy "Prince". This regular balloon was redesigned this winter and some add ons where added. An easy way to make a special balloon from a regular one.

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Cameron C-80
SN 11302

Operated by AB Ballonvaarten

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Solo bottle

Ultra Magic has manufacured a new bottle shaped balloon. Currently it is registered in Spain as EC-040 where it will make some flights for promotional photo's and filming. After that it will go to Norway where it will be registered as LN-CSB.

EC-040 (later LN-CSB)
Ultra Magic F9
SN F9/02

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High Kitty

You see them in every Chinese or Japanese restaurant. A cat beckoning with his upright paw. These figures called maneki-neko are usually made of ceramic and should bring good luck to the owner. Marcos from RVB Balloons made the design for Michael Loy's new balloon which will be ready later this year. The text on the necklace means "Cats don't like water".

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RVB Balloons

Operated by Michael Loy

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Flying frog

And also Air Fly will have a frog next year. Here are the first design visuals.

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AirFly

Operated by Air Fly balloons

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Kiss me, I'm a prince

Today Cameron dealer Koen Audenaert from Belgium announced his new project. The C-80 he purchased last year is currently at the cameron factory for some changes. The prince will be ready in March 2014 and travel around the world.

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Cameron C-80
SN 11302

Operated by AB Ballonvaarten

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World's biggest slot machine

The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) announced the launch of a hot air balloon to complement their large format advertising. The custom made balloon, in the shape of a slot machine is scheduled to fly throughout Saskatchewan. The balloon will help raise awareness of SIGA’s six casinos and promote the SIGA Players Club.

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RVB Balloons SS-30-SM
SN MAB2013133

Operated by Sundance Balloons

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Carriage of Princess

We received pictures from the test inflation of this new coach. The balloon will visit the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta next month and is for sale after the festival.

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Limelite Balloons carriage 110

Operated by Impacto Balloons

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Queen bee

In April we published photo's from the Bunch of Bees balloon. Some time ago Bill finished his second special shape and the queen already participated at some festivals in Canada.

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RVB Balloons / Bill Whelan

Operated by Lighten Up

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New balloons in production

Marcos from RVB announced the production of two new shapes. The flying mouse is for pilot Scott Saxton who also owns the elephant. Will be great to see them flying together. Then a new Brazilian clown for Kenny Shumate. More information about these balloons when they are ready to fly.

RVB Balloons

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Little Wizard

The Little Wizard is ready and was inflated some days ago. Ricardo de Almeida from Aeromagic will participate with the balloon at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in October.

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Aeromagic SS3-LW
SN 2013/146

Operated by Aeromagic

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Hummingbird "Jewel"

Marcos from RVB Balloons manufactured this giant flying hummingbird for Bob Romaneschi. The balloon will be flown at several festivals worldwide.

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RVB Balloons

Operated by Bob Romaneschi

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Arsène

We already announced this balloon a month ago. This evening it was the official presentation. Thanks to Djorry Simoen for the pictures.

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Cameron Head 2 120
SN 11744

Operated by PubliBallon

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Rocket Man is ready

We announced this balloon on 23 may and this week the balloon was ready for the test inflation. The balloon will have a remote controlled smoke system that can be controlled by the pilot in the basket and will simulate and actual blastoff during launch!.

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Limelite balloons

Operated by Jim Bushelle

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Breizh On Board

We received these pictures from the first flight of this new balloon. This flying lighthouse will be used to promote the region Brittany in France.

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Kubicek BB-S phare
SN 887

Operated by Breizh On Board

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Arsène

Here's the design of a balloon who is in production at Cameron Balloons at this moment. Arsène is the maskot of a furniture shop in Belgium. More information about this balloon later.

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Cameron Head 2 120
SN 11744

Operated by Stijn De Wulf

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Angry Bird's first flight

On 31 May worlds first Angry Birds Hot Air balloon was launched at the Taiwan Balloon Festival during a spectacular nightglow. Yesterday the balloon made its first free flight with Frank Wechter from Cameron Balloons USA as pilot. Visit www.eeehaaa.com for more information.

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Cameron US sphere 105
SN 6699

Operated by Global Media Box

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Splash duck

Omega Balonismo has designed this friendly duck which will go in production this year. More information later.


Operated by Omega
Balonismo, Brazil

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Flying Minions

Cameron Balloons manufactured these two identical minions also known as "Stuart" from the movie Despicable Me. Both balloons will be on tour in the UK and abroad to promote the sequal Despicable Me 2 which will be in cinema thaetres from july 3th. A video from the twins can be found here.

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Cameron Minion 105
SN 11739 / 11722

Operated by Airship and
balloon company Ltd, Bristol

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William Hill Scottish Cup

Again a new balloon for Andrew Holly (Exclusive Ballooning). The William Hill Scottish Cup will be tethered at Hampden Park Glasgow today and tomorrow for the final.

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Kubicek BB-S/CUP
SN 977

Operated by Exclusive
Ballooning

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Taiwan flying heart

Today this heart shaped balloon made his debut at the Hualien International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in Taiwan. It's manufactured by Ultra Magic and will be used by the Taitung Government to promote the region.

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Ultra Magic Heart

Operated by Taitung Government

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Scuba diver

Here's Scuba diver. Manufactured by Air Fly balloons and available to participate at festivals. Will be for sale after AIBF.

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AirFly AF-SS-13
SN LP 2013/01

Operated by Air Fly balloons

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The wizard

Available for immediate purchase. This shape will be built at Limelite balloons in partnership with Amazon balloons. The balloon will stand 120 feet tall, and have a volume of 110,000 cubic feet. This balloon will be built with American parts and American airworthiness certification. The buyer will have the option of choosing anything they wish to be printed on the globe, and the Globe will have a removable LED lighting system for Glows to make the globe illuminate. This shape can be ready to go before Albuquerque.

Limelite Balloons

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Little Wizard

Ricardo de Almeida from Aeromagic proudly present their next project. Little wizard will be ready in July and participate the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in October.

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Aeromagic SS3-LW
SN 2013/146

Operated by Aeromagic

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Princess coach

Caco Marques from Impcato Balloons is manufacturing this coach. It has 2 places with velcro for a banner with digital picture of Caco's 3 grand-daughters. Later the new owner can place his own banner with his daughters or grand-daughters on it.

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Impcato Balloons

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Rocket Man

Andy Richardson from Limelite Balloons (USA) is working with Amazon Balloons (Brazil) to create Rocket Man. The balloon will have a remote controlled smoke system that can be controlled by the pilot in the basket and will simulate and actual blastoff during launch! First inflation is sheduled within a few weeks.

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Limelite balloons

Operated by Jim Bushelle

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Babette

We received these pictures of the test-inflation at the Ultra Magic factory in Spain. This used to be a normal shaped balloon but now it's completely rebuilt to a balloon with add-ons. Pilot and owner Marc Verhelst will use this balloon to visit festivals all over the world.

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Ultra Magic M-130
SN 130/33

Operated by Marc Verhelst

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Skywhale

To celebrate Canberra 100, Australia’s year long programme of events to celebrate 100 years of the country’s capital city, this strange balloon was manufactured by Cameron Balloons. Skywhale was designed by Australian artist Patricia Piccinini. The balloon is 22.7 m tall including the basket & wires, with an overall length of 34.4 m, a width of 28.6 m. It weighs 338kg in fabric alone as it is made up of over 3500 metres of fabric, much of which was specially printed, to give a graduated colour effect. For more information please visit www.theskywhale.com.

VH-IOQ
Cameron skywhale 110
SN 11628

Operated by Global Ballooning

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Giant Angry Bird

Frank Wechter from Cameron Balloons USA shows the design of their new project: a giant flying angry bird from the well known popular game. First flight is scheduled in June at a festival in Taiwan. More information later.

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Cameron US sphere 105
SN 6699

Operated by Global Media Box

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World's Largest Tablet

25 years after the first of three Financial Times iconic special shape newspaper balloons were launched, Exclusive Ballooning unveiled a very special new FT shape for 2013. Fit for the digital age, the new FT.com tablet enjoyed its maiden flight over the countryside of New Jersey yesterday morning. Standing some eight storeys tall, the front face of the tablet balloon is larger than a tennis court and shows a massive digitally printed FT.Com home page, complete with all the instant links to news, graphics, Apps, resources, video and information expected on a tablet screen.

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Ultra Magic F-12 paquete
SN F12/03

Operated by Exclusive
Ballooning

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Bunch of bees

Bunch of bees was developed by RVB Balloons from Brazil and built by pilot and owner Bill Whelan. It took 1500 hours of work but the result looks great. Bill is a beekeeper and this balloon envelope and the to-be-built 2nd one in the shape of a queen bee are tributes to bees. But there's also a serious reason behind their creation. You see bees are in trouble these days. Five years ago, a mysterious condition called Colony Collapse Disorder decimated honey bee colonies in parts of the United States and Canada. Now recent field studies published in Science magazine led to conclusions that a dramatic loss of queens and interference with the bees’ ability to find their way back to the hive could be indirectly tied to systematic insecticides, a common way to protect crops. Canadian farmers and Agriculture Canada are working to find solutions. Bill and Sandra Rolfe are hoping their two bee-themed balloons will draw attention to the plight of the bees.

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RVB Balloons / Bill Whelan

Operated by Lighten Up

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New Holland tractor

Visitors from the agrishow New Holland were surprised when they saw a giant copy of the T8 tractor in the air. Manufactured by RVB Balloons this machine has a volume of 3500 m³, is 27 m long and 23 m tall.

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RVB Balloons

Operated by Snap Balonismo

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Giant flying pants

Punters at the Cheltenham Festival were treated to a surprise unveiling of a giant pair of flying green y-fronts floating above the racetrack – believed to be the world’s first pair of flying undergarments and modeled on bookmaker Paddy Power’s legendary ‘lucky pants’. Paddy Power plan to use the balloon at sporting events to offer competition winners a chance to view sporting events from ‘the best seats in the house’. The balloon has a volume of 3300 m³ and has a 5740 cm waist size.

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Lindstrand LBL Triangle
SN 1446

Operated by Lighter Than
Air Ltd

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Pegleg Pete The Pirate Parrot

RVB Balloons sended these pictures from the first inflation of Pegleg Pete The Pirate Parrot. The balloon was for sale, but not for long. Dave Reineke who is selling his Bud E. Beaver (see for sale page) is the new owner. The balloon is available for festivals all around the world.

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RVB Balloons

Operated by Sunsational
SkySports Inc

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Samsung Galaxy SIII

This Samsung Galaxy III phone is manufactured by Sky Banner Korea. The balloon has no registration and is only been used once. Not sure what will happen with it.

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Sky Banner Korea

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Flying octopus

In 2009 Kavanagh manufactured their first special shape, the LIBRA Lucky Box (VH-LUB). Now they made a second one for their customer in Japan. This time a copy of an existing Octopus shaped Lindstrand balloon JA-A0925.

JA-A1446
Kavanagh D-90 Octopus
SN D90-452