All By Myself

Good evening for Chris to do more “Solo” flying as he gets closer to his private pilot license.

We had a great place to launch from on the SE side of the city, we landed here last year and they had invited us back anytime. We’re Back!

so distant and obscure
Sticking the landing!
Don’t want to be, all by myself anymore.
Packing up.
Maggie doing her job.


~ Susan


Super Evening for Flying!

We launched from one of our favorite take off spots Valley View Baptist Church.

Miss Maggie on guard
Looking back as the crew gets packed up to chase.
View from above as we gently glide on soft breezes.
In the basket we have Lisa and Julie. It’s important to have the right amount of ballast.
Great shot of Buzzards Glory coming in for a landing.
Thanks Crew for another special night.

~ Susan

UP! UP! and Away!

What a great day for a balloon ride. The weather has finally let us out into the sunshine and gentle breezes, which means its time to fly!

We took off from Butterfield Park in Marion and thought I should take along some of my fabulous crew. But instead I took Ryan and Julie.

Ryan and Julie

Thing are not yet greening up, but should be taking off by next week.

It’s early in the balloon season and some of the crew get tired quickly.

Everybody “Ms Maggie” want in on the action of packing up the balloon.

We landed in the field just across from one of our favorite places to eat Edith Lucille’s as you can see in the background.

Thanks Crew! now let’s eat.

~ Susan

At the Balloon Factory today!

Mischievous Maggie and I were out and about today when we received photos from Lisa at the Lindstrand Balloons factory. She sent a couple of pictures of the new Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust balloon.

They were rigging the envelop and it needed to be partially inflated. Rigging is where they fasten in the parachute top, red line pulleys as well as the red line and load cables. The picture above is looking inside the balloon from the bottom.

Here is the outside of the balloon. It is really a big beautiful balloon that we are looking forward to flying over and around Cedar Rapids  SOON! darn weather.

Look for this and our other balloons.

~ Susan


First Flight 2018

March 17th Saint Patrick’s Day

Excitement mounts as pilots and crew ready for the first flight of the year.

New to the Crew this year is Maggie.

Adam Lau  aka “Auntie Loo”

It was a short distance as the crow flies however it was a hot air balloon and PIT Chris did two donuts and a bow tie prior to making a drop line landing.

Fun was had by all.

~ Susan

Welcome to Buzzard’s Glory Balloons

We are busy getting ready for the upcoming balloon season. Working on equipment, going to safety seminar and finding a new friend to ride along!

When the weather settles down we look forward to taking you aloft for a ride on the gentle breezes. See you soon.

~ Susan