The JASPER Hot Air Balloon, winner of the 2014 Kentucky Derby Great Hot Air Balloon Race, is made by Lindstrand Balloons USA. It is a sixty-nine thousand cubic foot envelope. That means approximately sixty-nine thousand basketballs could fit inside the balloon. The balloon burns propane for fuel, and expels about 15 million BTU's when burning.
Hot air balloons are at the mercy of the winds, so it is only flown when the surface winds are ten miles an hour or less. The balloon is flown the first two hours after sunrise and the last two hours before sunset to avoid thermal heating during the midday hours.
The JASPER Balloon competes at races designed to test the balloon and pilot skills. We compete at both the local and national levels. The pilot, Warren D. Smith is a commercially rated pilot with ratings in fixed wing and seaplane aircraft as well as lighter than air. Warren won Rookie of the Year honors at the 2004 United States Hot Air Balloon National Championships sanctioned by The Balloon Federation Of America.
|Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Race||April 23rd, 24th, & 25th|
|Middletown Ohio Balloon Fest||July 10th, 11th & 12th|
|Jasper Strassenfest||July 31st|
|Indiana State Fair Balloon Race||Aug 7th & 8th|
|Bloomington Balloon Fest Kiwanis||Sept 11th, 12th & 13th|
|Carolina Balloon Fest||Oct 16th, 17th & 18th|
The Jasper Engines Balloon may also participate in other flights and events.
Dates are based on previous years events and may need to be adjusted.