Story of Albuquerque's First Aeronaut at Balloon Museum

On July 4, 1882 Albuquerque saloon-keeper Park Van Tassel rose in the Albuquerque sky to the amazement of the audience below. He reached an altitude of two miles and achieved his place in Albuquerque history.

On Saturday, July 9 from 2:30-4pm at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum you can learn more about his flight and his life as a ballooning pioneer who traveled the world flying gas and hot air (smoke) balloons. His life story is a series of successful flights, with an almost equal number of mishaps. Colorful and courageous, Van Tassel made a career out of entertaining crowds in the U.S., its territories and two dozen countries.

The program will be presented by Dick Brown, AIBF Heritage Committee member, co-author of two AIBF books, and a longtime contributor to Albuquerque's Balloon Fiesta program. In 1980 Brown was awarded the Montgolfier Diplome, one of ballooning's most distinguished awards.

Please join us to learn more about how Van Tassel's feat sparked an interest in hot-air ballooning that eventually led to our city developing and hosting the world's premier ballooning event each fall. The program is free of charge.