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Whidden AX-6 (2003)
50,000 cu ft
Bill Whidden's Home Made Hot Air Balloon

Owner/Pilot Keith Sproul

Inspection Inflation
Solberg Airport, New Jersey

The balloon now has a row of blue Nomex on the bottom and a Skirt instead of a Scoop
Thanks to Karen, Frank, John, Kevin and Chris for help with first inflation.

Picture by John Strauss

Picture by John Strauss

Note the turning vents
Installed by Paul Stumpf 2020

Picture by John Strauss

First Flight
Solberg Airport, NJ

Picture by Karen Ivanyo

First Landing

Picture by Bob Mueller

Warren County Community College

Bill Whidden in New Zeland
2004 or 2005
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Ownership History

Dates Name City State
2003 - 2012 Bill Whidden Tavares FL
2012 - 2019 John Kauffman Naples FL
2019 - 2021 Joe Hill Brigantine NJ
2021 - present Keith Sproul North Brunswick NJ

"For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards,

for there you have been and there you will long to return."

- Leonardo da Vinci

"It is possible to fly without motors, but not without knowledge and skill."
- Wilbur Wright

"Ballooning is a philosophy of life. You're a prisoner of the wind. You can swear, shout, pray, cry - and it doesn't matter.
But if you change your altitude, you can go a different direction"

- Bertrand Piccard

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath away."
- Will Smith

"Time is the most valuable gift you can give someone"
- Unknown

Keith Sproul's Festival History

Scorch the Dragon Hot Air Balloon
Pandy Hot Air Balloon
Tetrahedron Hot Air Balloon
Birthday Cake Hot Air Balloon
Pig Headed Hot Air Balloon
Fred B Rabbit Hot Air Balloon

Meteor Crater Flight
Letchworth State Park, NY Gorge Flights
Shooting the Delaware Water Gap PA/NJ
Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Amarillo, TX
Red Rock Balloon Festival, Gallup, NM
2007 Switzerland Balloon Festival
Dawn Patrol Flights
Splash-N-Dash Flights
Fried Photogrpaher Pictures

Chariot Balloons
Keith's Cameron Duo Chaiot
Balloon Flights in 3D
Balloon Parachute Artwork
Balloon Pictures from the Bottom
Red, White & Blue Balloons
Arrow Design Balloons
Flame Design Balloons
Aerostar Aurora Balloons
Parachute Drop Pictures
List of University Balloons
FLIR Balloons Pictures (Infrared heat picture)
Flytec Instruments Info Page
Digitool Instruments Info Page

How to make a Hot Air Balloon
How to make a Tetrahedron Hot Air Balloon
How to put turning vents into a Hot Air Balloon
Envelope / Basket Retrieval Cart

Bonnie, our Dog
Mark Sproul's Observatory
Mark & Keith's GAIA Star Database Project
Keith Sproul's N-Scale Trains Winds Aloft

Created 3/12/2021
Modified 10/31/2023
© Copyright Keith Sproul