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Posted October 3, 2017

Balloons to Launch from APS Playgrounds Friday

Albuquerque Aloft is the unofficial kickoff to the Balloon Fiesta.

Hot air balloons will launch or tether from the playgrounds of nearly 70 APS elementary schools on Friday, Oct. 6, for the 12th 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 inflates and 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. KOB AM Radio, the official voice of Balloon Fiesta, coordinates the launch.

The following is a list of the 2017 participating APS elementary schools.

A. Montoya (/Roosevelt MS) Emerson Montezuma
Adobe Acres Eugene Field Mountain View
Alameda Georgia O'Keeffe Navajo
Alamosa Governor Bent North Star
Alvarado Griegos Osuna
Apache Hawthorne Painted Sky
Arroyo del Oso Helen Cordero Primary Pajarito
Barcelona Hodgin Reginald Chavez
Bel-Air Inez Rudolfo Anaya
Bellehaven Janet Kahn S.Y. Jackson
Chamiza John Baker San Antonito
Chaparral La Luz Sierra Vista
Chelwood Longfellow Sombra Del Monte
Cochiti Los Padillas Susie Rayos Marmon
Collet Park Los Ranchos Tierra Antigua
Comanche Lowell Tomasita
Coronado MacArthur Valle Vista
Corrales Marie M. Hughes Ventana Ranch
Dennis Chavez Mark Twain Wherry
Double Eagle Mary Ann Binford Whittier
Duranes Matheson Park Zuni
East San Jose Mission Avenue
Edmund G. Ross Mitchell
Edward Gonzales Monte Vista