Our day began at 4:30am at The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. A world-renowned attraction and destination for everyone. Guests from all over the world came to Albuquerque to celebrate ballooning. Hundreds of balloons took flight from the Balloon Fiesta Park this year October 6 through 14, 2012. The field is a vast 365-acre Balloon Fiesta Park with over 600 balloons, is the largest ballooning event on earth, the most photographed event on earth, and the largest annual international event held in the United States.
Photographer: Shawn Cooper
The Darth Vader balloon, Model: Head One 105, was manufactured by Cameron Balloons in 2007. This balloon is 85.3 feet tall, 88.5 feet wide, 640 pounds and has an active volume of 105,000 cubic feet. Loyal fans fallow this balloon around the world dressed as Stormtroopers protecting it while it's (balloon) crew lay it out and inflate the huge shape. The only time evil is doing some good. http://www.darthvaderballoon.be