Freedom Hot Air Balloon Team

Freedom Hot Air Balloon Team

We are the Freedom Hot Air Balloon Team out of Albuquerque, NM.

Operating as usual


Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta announced the concert line up! Looks like it’s gonna be a rocking time!

We are excited to share that country artist Lee Brice will be headlining the 2023 Music Fiesta on October 14! Other performances will include Runaway June and Brandon Saiz Band. Tickets for this festival go on sale August 10 at 9 a.m. MDT and include entry to the evening session of Balloon Fiesta on October 14. More information can be found, here:

R A W S A L E R T S on Twitter 07/29/2023

Hope everyone at the National Balloon Classic is hunkered down and safe.

R A W S A L E R T S on Twitter “🚨 : Storm sirens are currently sounding off due to Extremely dangerous thunderstorms producing winds guest up to 100 Mph 📌 | Storm sirens are currently sounding as the National Weather Service in Quad Cities, Iowa, has just issued an extremely…”

Balloon Fiesta to host solar eclipse balloon glow 07/27/2023

This is definitely gonna be a once in a lifetime opportunity y’all! #

Balloon Fiesta to host solar eclipse balloon glow With Albuquerque in the path of an annular solar eclipse during Balloon Fiesta, a special balloon glow will take place to celebrate it.


Love this short funny clip from Baggies Out


Top Gun Monthly Competition this Sunday July 16th. Briefing is at 5:30am Coldwell Banker on Unser in Rio Rancho


Great shots of Sundays Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association event. Thanks T's NM Photography

Photos from Freedom Hot Air Balloon Team's post 07/09/2023

Flew for 48 min today and never left the confines of fiesta field. Thanks Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association for a great July event!


Hot and Sticky in Longview TX but we pulled it off for The Great Texas Balloon Race. Great footage from T's NM Photography


We made the cut on this video. Great presentation of the final day of US Nationals by Baggies Out


Absolutely amazing evening last night at Freedom Celebration with Calvary Church with Skip Heitzig. Had a great night doing tethers with Nicholas Abrams and his team. Northern New Mexico Chick-fil-A Hot Air Balloon cold inflated and allowed children to walk through their balloon. Amazing weather and phenomenal people.


Great Day 1 Nationals Commentary

Freedom Celebration 2023 06/29/2023

Freedom Hot Air Balloon Team will be inflated at Balloon Fiesta Park for Calvary Church with Skip Heitzig Freedom Celebration featuring a message from Skip Heitzig and music from Crowder Music, Sarah Reeves, and Andy Mineo.Also a demonstration from Nitro Circus. Plenty of activities for the kids and we will be joined by our great friends from Northern New Mexico Chick-fil-A Hot Air Balloon team! Come out and have an amazing night celebrating Freedom. (Cue eagles screeching)

Freedom Celebration 2023 Freedom Celebration is Friday, July 1, at Calvary Church. This free event features live music, spectacular fireworks & a message of hope from Skip Heitzig.


But it’s not like we are counting or anything….

Photos from Freedom Hot Air Balloon Team's post 06/26/2023

Top Gun June Competition this am. Gorgeous day to fly slow with some steerage. Had to be on your toes to get where you needed to go. Zack Griego and Robert Duffswife we’re launch partners today.


Kyle created a cool mashup! Here’s his creation.


Monthly Top Gun in the am. WX is looking good!

Photos from Freedom Hot Air Balloon Team's post 06/18/2023

That’s a wrap for the The Great Texas Balloon Race! We are headed to the awards ceremony now. Looks like Freedom Hot Air Balloon Team got 37th overall. We can’t even begin to express how amazing the hospitality was by not only the event and all the amazing volunteers who put it on, but by the locals and homeowners who welcomed us with open arms. Sissie Christopher McCluskey Janette Wages Daphne Fritz Stewart Julie Ann Kuykendall were just a few in the community that we can remember by name to out there were so many more! Meeting new pilots we had never met before was incredible. We hope to see all of y’all in our neck of the woods for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in October. Special thanks to our sponsors Books & Barrels and Forbes and Butler. And an additional thanks to the coverage we got from Uniquely Longview and Visit Longview Texas. None of this would be possible without my incredibly supportive crew chief/wife Brianna McClung and my amazing crew Debra and Joe Duran Kimberly Riecss Mcclung Steve McClung, Gloria Henderson and the 5 midgets. All the Top Gun New Mexico pilots banned together to put forth our best effort. Congratulations to Natasha Stanke Shawn Speicher Elisa Talbert and Jeff Ashworth and young gun Zack Griego. Ok this is starting to sound like one of those awards show acceptance speeches and I think they are getting ready to play me off the stage. Goodbye to everyone and see you next year!

Photos from Freedom Hot Air Balloon Team's post 06/18/2023

Had an amazing night glowing yesterday for the The Great Texas Balloon Race. Thank you Longview, TX for a great turnout!


The Great Texas Balloon Race has such amazing scenery! Look at this landing site y’all!

Photos from Freedom Hot Air Balloon Team's post 06/16/2023

We are here at the glow night for The Great Texas Balloon Race and it’s looking good! Come see us!


Had an incredibly bad storm roll through last night, most of the area is out of power. We were lucky enough to escape without any damage to our equipment. Flights this morning were cancelled and we are on standby for a possible evening flight. Prayers for others who weren’t as fortunate.

Update: no evening flight for nationals comp. We are still on “normal schedule” as of right now for the evenings festivities/glow.

The Great Texas Balloon Race


Forbes & Butler is an amazing local business and proud sponsor of The Great Texas Balloon Race. We are proud to carry their banner.

Photos from Freedom Hot Air Balloon Team's post 06/15/2023

We will be hanging out in front of an amazing new sandwich shop in Longview, TX today. Swing by Solo Sandwich Co today from 11-1 for a chance to take a picture with the basket and crew. The Great Texas Balloon Race Uniquely Longview Visit Longview Texas Laura Nevils


Hey did the balloons fly today the The Great Texas Balloon Race?


Thanks Uniquely Longview for riding along with us!


Friends and Lovers Day 2, Flights cancelled but that didn’t stop us from having fun with a cloudhopper!


Target Run Friends and Lovers Day 1


Friends and Lovers Day 1 in the books. 3rd on the baggie drop! Looking forward to tomorrow!

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