Air Vehicle, Crowd, Entertainment Event, Exhibition, Hot Air Balloon
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - October 13, 2006: Dozens of hot air balloons vie for position in an accuracy competition at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta - the largest such festival in the world. A weighted streamer has been thrown from the white checkered balloon at lower center right - the goal being a bullseye on a target on the ground below. The balloon festival started in 1972 and takes place in early October, lasting 9 days. Starting with just 21 balloons, the number rose to 1019 in 2000 and eventually had to be limited first to 750, then to 600. Over 100 pilots are from foreign countries.