Official State Aircraft of New Mexico
New Mexico designated the hot air balloon as the official state aircraft in 2005. Albuquerque, New Mexico is known worldwide for its annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®. It's the world’s largest hot-air balloon festival. Albuquerque is known as the Hot Air Balloon Capital of the World. All State Aircraft
Hot air balloons operate through the basic principles of gravity and hot air rising. As air inside the balloon is heated, it rises. As the air inside the balloon cools, it descends. The hot air balloon is the oldest successful flight technology for carrying humans, dating back to its invention by the French Montgolfier brothers in 1783.