Since 1973 the Edmonton Balloon Club has been very active and flown a number of
different types of balloons. Some we have owned out right and some have been flown
with the arrangement of a corporate sponsor.
||POP (CF-POP) - 1968 Piccard AX-5
POP was purchased by
Sandy Mactaggart from Don Piccard. It was to be a gift for a friend. Since this was one of
the first hot air balloons to be brought into Canada the border agents were not sure how
to register it, so it was imported as a spiniker sail, laundry basket and weed burner.
Sandy registerd it as an experimental balloon with a serial number of SM-1 (Sandy
Sandy loaned the balloon to the club in 1974 which the club flew mostly in the Fort
The club actively flew it until 1986 when it was donated to the Aviation Hall of Fame
||Albatross I (C-GHOT) - 1974 Cameron O-77
This was the clubs first
purchase in the spring of 1976 when they bought it as a used balloon from Stan
Wereschuk. Albatross participated in many of the early events and competitions in
Western Canada, including the Canadian Championships which were first held in Grande
Prairie, Alberta in 1979.
Albatross was used to train many of the club pilots which included:
||Albatross II (C-GHOT) - 1982 Cameron V-77
Albatross I served the
club well until 1983 when due to age and hours flown it was retired and replaced by
Albatross II. The club retained the same call letters CG-HOT
||Voyageur (C-GSDI) - 1981 Barnstormer AX-7B
Purchased new in
1981. The club had many pilots, a good source of revenue from flying passengers and
almost 100 active members. The new balloon was an active addition and it was often seen in
the skies besides Albatross. POP was flown a few times and it was great to see
several occasions where all three balloons were riding the winds.
In 2001 this balloon was sold by the club.
||ReMax (CG-MIW)- 1980 Adams AX-7
For two years (1902 - 1983) the
club was asked to fly the first ReMax balloon in Western Canada. The club had free
use of the balloon provided it did a number of flights and tethers over the city. It
was well used until the demands of the ReMax agents exceed the capacity for the club to
||Yellow Pages (C-GGAL) - 1984 Fantasy AX-7 (Cameron bottom end)
1990 Edmonton Telephones and the club got together to put the Yellow Pages balloon back
over the city of Edmonton. The arrangement was that the club would have free use of
the balloon provided it did a number of flights over the city. The agreement worked
for a number of years until Edmoton Telephones was merged with AGT.
||Mellow Yellow/Buglite (C-GGAL) - 1984 Fantasy AX-7 (Cameron bottom end)
the phone company merger, the balloon was sold to the club provided the Yellow Pages logos
were removed. A great deal for the club so an evening of cutting thread resulted in
a fingerless balloon. It was first renamed to Mellow Yellow and later to Buglite.
Currently this is the main club balloon.
||Alberta Gold (C-GETS) - 1985 Barnes AX-7 (Experimental - never flown)
this was another balloon that Sandy Mactaggart had built. Unfortunately, through
initial construction problems it took much to long to get it made with the result that
interest in the project was lost. The balloon sat in several garages for a number of
years before Sandy and his business partner donated the balloon to the club in
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