The Balloon Museum features new exhibits highlighting the marvelous present, past, or future of aviation.
Children of War, Voices for Peace
Back by popular demand, this touching exhibition features a little-known footnote in the history of World War II. Japanese schoolchildren were recruited to help create “Fugos”—giant balloons that were armed with bombs and launched across the Pacific.
The only enemy-caused deaths on the North American continent in World War II occurred from the detonation of one of these bombs. The exhibition features the story of one Japanese schoolgirl who later learned that her contribution to her country’s safety was an instrument of death, and of her subsequent efforts to promote peace.
Children's Peace Statue
This statue was dedicated at the Balloon Museum August 4, 2013. The Children’s Peace Statue is a monument designed and funded entirely by children. It stands as a symbol of hope for a peaceful future
In the fall of 1989, children of Arroyo del Oso Elementary School in Albuquerque, New Mexico were studying the Arms Race. The children decided that one solution to the problem of war would be to teach young people to work for peace. During their studies, the students learned the story of school children in Japan who built a monument, the Genbaku No Ko No Zo Statue for Children Who Were Victims of the Atomic Bombs. Inspired by the story, the children formed the Kids’ Committee for the Children’s Peace Statue and made plans to design and build a peace monument of their own.
The Kids’ Committee opened a nationwide design contest for the statue and designed and built a touring exhibit to promote the project. The group has cooperated with thousands of people from around the world and has collected the names of thousands of children who share their wish for peace.
Féderation Aéronautique Internationale Ballooning Commission International Hall of Fame
The Hall of Fame recognizes those who have made significant contributions to Aerostation, including those who have excelled in business, history, design and engineering, in addition to those better known for their contributions in flying balloons or airships of any category, in competition or records. This exhibition displays portraits and information on over 40 inductees and includes artifacts related to the current year’s additions: Rocky Aoki, Larry Newman, Ron Clark and Olivier Roux Devillas.
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