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Albuquerque Aloft!

The unofficial beginning of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

Sep 30, 2016
from 06:30 AM to 07:30 AM
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Hot air balloons will launch from the playgrounds of 52 APS elementary schools on Friday, Sept. 30, for the annual Albuquerque Aloft, the first flying event of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

Parents, students and teachers alike have the opportunity to meet the pilots and crew and experience the excitement of watching and learning how a hot air balloon flies. Albuquerque Aloft is the only Balloon Fiesta flying event that launches outside of Balloon Fiesta Park.

Balloons typically begin inflating around 6:45 a.m. with launch time around 30 minutes later, weather permitting.

Albuquerque Aloft also provides city residents and guests a visual preview of Balloon Fiesta, as balloons launch from different sites around the city simultaneously.

The following is a list of the 2016 participating APS elementary schools.

A. Montoya/Roosevelt Double Eagle Mark Twain
Adobe Acres Duranes Mary Ann Binford
Alameda E.G. Ross Matheson Park
Alvarado Emerson Mission Avenue
Apache Eugene Field Mitchell
Armijo Georgia O'Keeffe Monte Vista
Arroyo del Oso Governor Bent Montezuma
Bandelier Griegos Navajo
Bel-Air Hawthorne North Star
Bellehaven Hodgin Osuna
Carlos Rey Inez Painted Sky
Chamiza Janet Kahn Reginald Chavez
Chaparral John Baker Rudolfo Anaya
Chelwood Kit Carson S.Y. Jackson
Cochiti La Luz  
Comanche La Mesa  
Corrales Los Padillas
Dennis Chavez Los Ranchos
Dolores Gonzales MacArthur