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NAILED! Hot Air Balloon Team. This is even more pointless than our last project.
Photo by Mike Shipley
is a very unusual 42,000
cubic foot one-person special shape hot air balloon system with a nail
appendage "impaled" through the envelope. It still flies
normally, but don't let anyone pull that piercing out! This hot air
balloon also has the unique notoriety of having a curbside recycling
bin converted to use as a basket (complete with the original
functioning wheels and lid). The pilot takes the trash out on every
The balloon has been a great crowd-pleaser even in its prior incarnation, with the recycling bin being an extremely distinctive feature and favorite of many spectators. It has been a featured balloon at the Socorro, NM Balloon Rally Thanksgiving weekend of 2004, and also appeared prominently in a recent issue of the BFA's Ballooning Journal (March/April 2005, pages 31-33).
"Nailed!" may be one of the lightest special shapes in the world. Final envelope weight is a remarkable 95 pounds! Travel costs are minimal since this balloon can and has been carried aboard airliners as checked baggage.
NAILED! is available for limited appearances worldwide during the 2013-2014 season. Contact us by email or phone below for all inquiries.
Pilot/Constructor: Jon Radowski
Computer rendering of the recycling bin basket setup currently in use.
Hot Air Balloon Rides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York City with Above & Beyond Ballooning
Hot Air Balloon Rides in Albuquerque, New Mexico with Apex Balloons during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
Hot Air Balloon Rides in Phoenix Arizona by Apex Balloons - Scottsdale Arizona Hot Air Balloon Flights
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Site Created 3/29/05 - Last Updated 8/22/13 8:57 AM EDT