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Barnes/FireFly Balloons

Barnes/Firefly Balloons, has been one of the largest manufacturers of sport and commercial hot air balloons in the world for more than two nearly three decades. Firefly Balloons, formerly known as the Balloon Works and Barnes Hot Air Balloons was founded by Tracy Barnes in the mid to early 1960's and soon became widely recognized for such innovations as the parachute top and instantly recognizable triangular basket.  Tracy also utilized high-heat-resistant polyester rather than the commonly used nylon fabric to construct his balloons for longer envelop life and higher operating temperatures.

During the mid 1970's, as the market for sport and commercial hot air balloons began to increase, so too did the market for the Barnes/FireFly models. The photo of the "Great Pumpkin" (far right) as well as the 4.0 basket (far right) are pages from early sales and collateral pieces for the time period. Innovator and founder Tracy Barnes  (lower right)  is responsible  for  adapting  a  venting  system,

the parachute top, used in parachutes and held in place by internal air pressure. In doing so he made one of the most important advances in safety and control of hot-air balloons since the rip panel. Barnes’s parachute top has also been used in gas balloons. His novel three-corner basket and three-point suspension distinguish his balloons from the commonplace.

Pictured here are several examples of Firefly balloon systems ranging from the special shaped "Hagar the Horrible" to sport and fun balloons, and to the corporate advertising balloons.

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