the black bird today

The Big Black Bird, now known as “Bird Willy”, has a long history within the sport of ballooning and more specifically within Albuquerque, New Mexico’s ballooning history (which, by the way, is the hot air balloon capital of the world).  Anyone who’s been in and around the sport from the early 1970’s may remember the original Black Bird balloon, appropriately named "Smiley".

the Big Black Bird Hot Air Balloon www.thebigblackbird.com

Balloon specifications

  • Manufacturer - Cameron Balloons US

  • Size -80,000 cubic feet

  • FAA category - AX/8

  • Year built - 2006

  • Currently bases - Atlanta, GA USA

The Big Black Bird, Bird Willy stands nearly 60 feet tall and is 55 feet in diameter. The envelope’s capacity is 80,000 cubic feet of hot air and is constructed of  coated, rip-stop nylon for longevity and strength. The basket, made from wicker,  with a double-burner

black bIrd test inflation

Cameron Balloons 2006

the Big Black Bird Hot Air Balloon www.thebigblackbird.com

system with a fuel capacity of 40 gallons (liquid propane gas). Bird Willy is capable of carrying four passengers (pilot plus three).

the Big Black Bird Hot Air Balloon www.thebigblackbird.com
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The new black bird balloon is bigger and better than ever with a mission: to promote goodwill and fun throughout the communities where it flies, while exposing onlookers to the thrill of flight. Whether on the ground as a crew member, spectator or passenger, the Big Black Bird wants you to experience flight - there's nothing else like it in the world!

Black Bird at Balloon Fiesta
the Big Black Bird 2006
Bird Willy's first inflation
Bird Willy's first inflation
Bird Willy's first inflation
Bird Willy flight Dec 2008
Balloon Fiesta School Landing 2010
Balloon Fiesta 2009
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Pilot with Black Bird
Black Bird Standing up Balloon Fiesta 10_2010_edited
Black Bird Trees 10-2010_edited
Balloon Fiesta 2011
Owl-O-Ween 2014
Owl-O-Ween 2014
Black Bird 2009
Black Bird 2009
Balloon Fiesta competition
Balloon Fiesta competition
Neighborhood Landing 2014
Neighborhood Landing 2014
Smiles for everyone
Balloon Fiesta 2009
Black Bird
Balloon Fiesta Glow Black Bird 2010_edited
first flight
Black Bird lift off 2014
Balloon Fiesta Krispy Glow Black Bird 2010
Big Black Bird Balloon 2007
Glowing at Calloway Gardens 2014
The roar of the flame
3rd Annual Owl-O-Ween Event
Burner In The Night
Balloon Glow 2015
Gulf Coast Balloon Festival 2017
Gulf Coast Balloon Festival 2017
Gulf Coast Balloon Festival 2017
Gulf Coast Balloon Festival 2017
Gulf Coast Balloon Festival, 2017
Big Black Bird
Big Black Bird
Berrymans Septemer 2018
Flight Over North Atlanta 2018
Flight Over North Atlanta 2018
Flight Over North Atlanta 2018
Gulf Coast Balloon Festival, 2019
Gulf Coast Balloon Festival, 2019
Gulf Coast Balloon Festival, 2019
Gulf Coast Balloon Festival, 2019
Gulf Coast Balloon Festival, 2019
Gulf Coast Balloon Festival, 2019
Gulf Coast Balloon Festival, 2019

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the Big Black Bird 2006

Preparing for Bird Willy's first inflation, Albuquerque, NM April of 2006