Thumbs Up Albu Intl Balloon Fiesta.Roberto E. Rosales The Albu Journal

Thumbs up for another launch Saturday at the 50th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Three original pilots from the first fiesta in 1972 were present this year, as well as a pilot’s daughter who, as a small child, got to ride along with her dad. Tens of thousands of people attend; the setting allows spectators to get close to the action as crews inflate their balloons and get ready for liftoff. (Roberto E. Rosales/The Albuquerque Journal)

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