General Information

DSC_0080“The best gift anyone ever gave me!”

Fly with our commercially licensed pilots in a colorful hot air balloon! Our guests help us with the inflation, then rise above the earth on a safe, yet exciting and exhilarating flight. The flights start soon after sunrise or just before sunset when the air is at its calmest. As the balloons can only drift with the wind once they are launched, we make our ascent upwind of an area known to have a large number of good landing sites. For this reason our launch sites vary depending on the wind direction at flight time. Flights are of course weather permitting. We at the BALLOON DEPOT have been flying in the beautiful valleys of the Puget Sound region since 1978; this long, accident-free experience enables us to provide you with the best possible flight. We may brush through the treetops, sweep down over a field of wildflowers, skim over a pond, or climb high above the earth for a spectacular view. Each flight is a unique experience.

Click here for a timelapse video of one of our flights!

History of Balloon Flight

The first recorded balloon flight occurred in France in June 1783 when two brothers, Jacques Etienne and Joseph Michel Montgolfier, sent a large, smoke-filled bag 35 feet into the air. Three months later a duck, rooster and sheep became the first passengers in a balloon, since no one knew whether a human could survive the flight.

Finally on November21, 1783, before a vast throng of onlookers that included the King and Queen of France, Marquis D’Arlandes and Pilatre de Rozier piloted humanity’s first aerial voyage, more than a century before the Wright brothers’ historic flight at Kitty Hawk.

Ten days after the first manned hot air flight, a French physicist named J.A.C. Charles made the first manned ascent in a hydrogen-filled balloon. Ballooning became quite popular for over half a century thereafter in Europe. Eighteenth century farmers, frightened by one of these strange objects descending from the heavens, actually attacked the balloon with pitchforks. Early aeronauts quickly learned to carry champagne aboard to present to the farmer upon landing, to prove that they were merely humans and not monsters of some sort! Thus was born the traditional post-flight champagne ceremony.

With the advent of powered aircraft, ballooning became a less practical form of flight, practiced by only a few enthusiasts. The modern day sport of hot air ballooning evolved through research for the U.S. Navy in the 1960’s and has enjoyed a remarkable comeback due to the development of a durable, comparatively inexpensive nylon for the envelope in combination with an improved and efficient propane burner system. Today there are more than 5,000 balloon pilots in the U.S. alone.

Cancellation Policy

No shows and flights cancelled by passengers within 48 hours of reservation will forfeit certificates. We really need to know how many passengers we will be flying on a given day, it affects all aspects of the flight. Flight certificates are transferable to anyone, though no refunds can be made after 7 days from purchase.

Driving Directions

We fly the Snohomish Valley most of the year. Just call our office at (360) 805-1538, two hours before flight time and we will give you detailed directions on where to meet us for your flight. Harvey Airfield is right off of Highway 9 in Snohomish, 15 minutes east of Everett and 10 miles due north of Woodinville.

Location
PO box 1262 Carnation, WA 98014

Harvey Airfield,
Snohomish WA 98296