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A Life Aloft

Andy was a supremely talented and capable hot air balloon pilot and we're confident his contributions to the lighter-than-air community will leave a lasting legacy. 

Andy owned and operated Bloomington Balloon Rides, a commercial hot air balloon ride company in Indiana, and Adams Balloons, a hot air balloon manufacturing company. 

Below are some video and photograph highlights of his career. 

This page will be updated as the full impact of his life and legacy unfolds. 
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Andy and fellow pilot Bill Oliver were interviewed about their life-long love of hot air balloons on PBS’ Journey Indiana.

Introducing Adams Balloons

History of Adams Balloons, a close up look at their products,
and hear pilot testimonials.

Marty Kelsey, of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum and the host of STEM in 30, interviewed Andy. Andy and Adams Balloons were then featured in a series of videos produced by the Smithsonian’s educational channel.


Check out these informative videos to learn more about the balloon-making process, the science and history behind hot air balloons, and tour of the Adams Balloons manufacturing facility.

Andy built the centerpiece of artist Doug Aitken's exhibit NEW HORIZON, a mirrored balloon, in 2019. 

This magnificent balloon was flown at events across Massachusetts for The Trustees of Reservations.


Watch a CNN video here and visit the exhibit's webpage to learn more.  

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