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Head Balloons

Head Balloons came to be in 1969, in the town of Helen, GA. The small town of Helen was asking itself the question of how to revitalize the town, in order to bring in new businesses, new people and new revenue.

One of Helen’s prominent citizens was looking through a book of Bavarian architecture and in 1973 noticed a picture of a hot air balloon flying over the Alps. It was then decided that if balloons could fly over the Bavarian Alps they could just as easily fly over the Georgian "Alps". Some of  the more  prominent names who were

also consulted with regarding the matter were Don Piccard and eventually Tarp Head, a Piccard dealer in North Carolina at the time. A short drive later and Helen, Georgia had its own balloon and would soon have its first balloon pilot.

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"We never really got any formal training," recalls Tarp Head, founder of Head Balloons, Inc. "We just went out and learned to inflate the thing, and of course, we damaged it, as that will happen. . . so I taught myself to sew in order to repair the balloon."

"We used the balloon as a tourist attraction and I tethered it for years, back when you didn't need a license to tether balloons." That was 1973 when soon after Tarp met up with Mike Adams (Adams Balloons) and the two met when Helen hosted its first balloon event, the Annual Helen to the Atlantic hot air balloon race.

Soon after Head joined Mike Adams at Adams’ Balloon Loft they formed a partnership up until 1980 when the pair split and Adams bought out Head's interest in the company. One of the reasons Head had split from Adams was that he had some new ideas about building and designing balloon systems. Head soon formed HEAD Balloons, Inc. and filed for FAA certification in 1983. HEAD Balloons, Inc., received their first FAA Type Certificate in 1984.

So Now, more than 30 years later Head Balloons, Inc. has six models, all type certified and is one of the most successful of the small balloon builders in the world. Head does not try to compete against the larger manufacturers (Cameron, Firefly, Lindstrand, etc.). Head Balloons, Inc. is rapidly expanding worldwide with certification and representatives now in Germany, Argentina, Slovenia, the United Kingdom, China and Peru.

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