Western Spirit Balloon Tours and Events travel blog

Western Spirit Balloon Tours and Events

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The world renowned Western Spirit Balloon. Larger-than-life Cowboys thunder down the hill astride their horses, recalling the very spirit that forged the American Frontier. The balloon, reminiscent of a Remington mural, has over 2,000 hours of painting. The figures of eight Cowboys, which stand almost 40 feet high, were produced completely by hand using airbrushing and dyes to create the images, which cover more than 3/4's of the balloon's 18,000 foot surface. The "Western Spirit" Balloon is in a special class known as Art Balloons and flies internationally and in the USA.

The Western Spirit Balloon Team consists of Colorado residents Jon T. Seay, Sr., Pilot and Owner; Robin Heppler, Crew Chief; Al and Marty Danner and Shannon Tracy, all flight crew.

The first 2015 balloon event for the Western Spirit Balloon Team is in Chateau d'Oex, Switzerland January 24 - February 1. Our Team consists of Jon Seay, Pilot; Robin Heppler, Crew Chief, Al Danner and some new crew members Ed and Sue Tinkey and Dena and Carl Catlett (all from Colorado). As always, we have an excellent support team of Mary Jo Schutte and Ed Vigil who help "state side" and make our trips possible. (Thanks, guys! We could not do it without you!) We can not forget to mention our special Swiss crew Pierre and Magali who have become dear friends who are so valuable to us!

Best regards from the Western Spirit Balloon Team

Order: oldest at top ( reverse )

 
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Our Final Flight
 
59 
 
 
Is it Really Time to Go?
 
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On the Way to Walla Walla
 
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Big Top First Flight...
 
62 
 
 
Packing for the Big Trip
 
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Getting to Chateau...
 
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Opening Ceremonies...and...
 
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Sunday Twining and...
 
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Monday and Snowing!!
 
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The Theme is Cheese
 
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Finally, good weather!...
 
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More Snow! Chocolate...
 
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Friday Clear, High...
 
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Clear Skies! Time to...
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