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For Immediate Release:

Friday, October 6, 2006

Goodyear Balloon & Air Spectacular Brings Thrill-Packed Three Days


(GOODYEAR, AZ) It’s almost mind-boggling all there is to do at the Goodyear Balloon and Air Spectacular on Friday, Oct. 20, Saturday, Oct. 21 and Sunday Oct. 22 at the Phoenix Goodyear Airport on Litchfield Road, just north of MC 85.  There is something for people of all ages at all hours of the day.  It’s fascinating to just walk among the balloons in the mornings before they lift off. You can talk to their pilots and chase crews as they slowly inflate the gigantic balloons.


In the afternoons, you will marvel at the daring, precision flying of the US Blue Angels as well as watching vintage WW II warbirds from many countries.  Climb in and look around aircraft in static displays on the ground. Then you can see the balloons again in the evenings as they light up like giant light bulbs against the night sky – a kaleidoscope of color followed by a fabulous fireworks display and night pyro acrobatic flights that leave colorful streaks crisscrossing the night sky. Talk to WW II ace, listen to music, take your kids on kiddie rides, bring a large appetite for the wide array of foods. You will fill your days with excitement at the Goodyear and Air Spectacular!


Gates Open/Close:

Friday 2 – 9 PM; Saturday 6 AM – 9 PM; Sunday 6 AM – 4 PM


Balloon Event Times:

Ø       6:45 – 9 AM Saturday and Sunday   -- Morning Balloon Races

Ø       6:45 – 8:30 PM Friday and Saturday -- Evening Desert Glows and Night Pyro Air Show & Fireworks


Air Show Event Times: 11:15 AM – 4 PM – Saturday and Sunday

Ø       US Navy Blue Angels fly mid-afternoon

Ø       Air Show events, performers and times subject to change


Event Descriptions:          (morning to evening)

Ø       Morning Hot Air Balloon Launches, Saturday and Sunday

Ø       US Navy Blue Angels Jet Demonstration Team 60th Anniversary Tour

Ø       US Air Force F-16 Demonstration Team & Famous Heritage Flight

Ø       Warbird Reunion featuring rare & historic aircraft from WWII to Vietnam

Ø       Civilian pilots Michael Hunter, Jon Melby and Tim Weber

Ø       Night Pyro Aerobatic Flights with Manfred Radius and Canadian Ken Flower, Friday and Saturday nights

Ø       Traditional Evening Desert Hot Air Balloon Choreographed Glows, Friday and Saturday nights

Ø       Fireworks after Pyro Flights,  Friday and Saturday nights


Other Attractions:

Ø       Static Ground Display of Aircraft, morning to evening.

Ø       Fabulous Food Court -- Bring a big appetite!  Large variety to choose from!

Ø       Concerts by local band, CTS on Coopers’town Stage – Friday & Saturday afternoons

Ø       Matfeld Carnival & Kid’s Zone including 50-ft. Ferris wheel, game, inflatables, kiddie train, and more.

Ø       Arizona Milk Producers “Kid’s Breakfast” (free breakfast for the first 500 children on Saturday ONLY).  Bring the kids and we’ll provide the rest.


The only way to order tickets at this time is to order online from or from


No weapons, coolers, food or animals are allowed at this event. Check points in parking lots will have signs as to what is not allowed so you can return the items to your car before boarding the shuttle buses. Food and beverage are for sale at the event.  Only one water bottle per person will be allowed to be brought into the event.  Chairs are allowed to be brought in, but are also available inside for rent.

EVENT HOTLINE – 623-882-9166

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City of Goodyear • 190 N. Litchfield Road • Goodyear AZ 85338 • Phone 623-932-3910 • Toll-Free 1-800-872-1749