Flying, Making and
Competing in Balloons
Early Days Photo Potpourri
Bruce awaits takeoff permission in the 1971 U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Championship -- the first championship in which he competed. He had already won the barograph task on an earlier flight -- his first ever competition flight.
From the 1971 U.S. Nationals Hot Air Balloon Championship program:
Bruce (right) with (left to right) Steve Langjahr, David Robinson, David Shaffer, Brent Stockwell, Deke Sonnichsen at an
early 1970s WHAMOBASS rally in Mariposa, California
Bruce safety tying the apex of the "banana rip" panel of his Piccard AX-6 balloon Gypsy in preparation for a pleasure flight in the early 1970s.
Reviewing notes prior to a Nationals competition flight.
Bruce waiting for a pilot briefing to begin at Pickard Park in Indianola, Iowa.
Taking readings on a pilot balloon as Tucker records them.