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Conceived in 1982 at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta by Jacques Soukup and Kirk Thomas, Chic-I-Boom was built by Cameron England, and was the first special-shaped hot-air balloon ever to fly at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. Look what she started! She was patterned after the late Brazilian film star, Carmen Miranda, who appeared in dance sequences wearing a gigantic fruit headdress.

The original Chic-I-Boom was retired from flight in 1996, and a new Chic-I-Boom was built by Aerostar.

Chic-I-Boom's bananas are each 50 feet long.

The New Chic-I-Boom

Chesty - 90


Built - 6.1996

Aerostar Intn'l

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1st Flight


Battle Creek, MI

Wayne Hajek, pilot



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