Avian Falcon II Skydancer

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Avian
Markings
Barbara Demaree, Muncie, Indiana, 1992
Designation
FALCON II
Registration
N3AV, N4369Z
Serial Number
12

Avian Falcon II Skydancer

When humans finally achieved the dream of flight they did it in hot air balloons. The first successful human flight in a balloon was in France in 1783. Hot air balloons were quickly replaced by hydrogen filled gas balloons that were considered safer. In the 1960s hot air ballooning began a resurgence in popularity among sport pilots. Competitions and festivals are held around the world with the largest being held in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This gathering attracts nearly 1,000 balloons each year. The Avian Falcon II is a medium sized balloon often used in competition flights and for carrying passengers.

Specifications
Wingspan 51 ft
Length 51 ft
Height 61 ft
Weight 1,000 lbs (loaded)
Service Ceiling 10,000 ft
Crew 1 pilot, 2 passengers