SPECIAL SHAPE HOT AIR BALLOONS
We operate the largest fleet of special shape hot air balloons in the world. Available for bookings worldwide.
All of the balloons featured here are available for bookings worldwide, and together they comprise the largest fleet of special shape hot air baloons in in the world, currently standing at 12 individual Special Shape Hot Air Balloons.
We also have several new projects currently in development, and by the end of 2021 we should have more than 15 special shapes available.
BBTIGER SPECIAL SHAPE BALLOON
BBTiger is the latest creation to come out of the Bard Balloons workshop here in Ottawa, Canada in 2020. It was designed and built during the COVID-19 pandemic to pay homage to 2022, the Year of the Tiger. Like some of the other Bard Balloon Special Shapes, it is done in a "Hello Kitty" style.
Built over the summer and fall of 2020, BBTiger first flew just before the winter of 2021.
LOVEBEAR SPECIAL SHAPE BALLOON
LoveBear represents a Canadian Polar Bear. It was done in a “Hello Kitty” style. Built over the summer of 2019 in our Bard Balloons workshop, it first flew in the fall of 2019.
A special feature on this balloon is the large pink heart on the parachute as well as a second one on the back side of the balloon, hence it's name.
Made with special lightweight fabric (the fabric being custom-designed and manufactured just for us), LoveBear contains 1,300 yards (1,500 m) of fabric, weighs only 160 lbs (73 kg) and it has a total volume of 80,000 cubic feet (2,265 cu m). The entire system fits on one small pallet for easy international transportation. It only requires a small team of 4 crew, and can take two (2) VIPs on each flight. As with all our Special Shapes, the lightweight fabric makes it glow well during “night glows”.
To follow its adventures worldwide, visit the Bard Balloons Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/bardballoon/
MY DEERLING SPECIAL SHAPE BALLOON
MyDeerling is was the first of 2 new creations to come out of the Bard Balloons workshop in 2019. It was the first of two complementary Canadian animal Special Shape Hot Air Balloons - both designed in a "Hello Kitty" style.
Built over the winter and spring of 2019, MyDeerling first flew in the summer of 2019, attended festivals in Malaysia, Thailand and the USA even though its 2020 World tour got cut very short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- 1,600 yards (1,463 m) of fabric
- 1 kilometer of webbing
- 10 kilometers of thread
- Total Volume: 80,000 cubic feet (2,265 cu m)
- Total Height: 97 feet (30 m)
- Total Width: 90 feet (27 m)
- Length of Antlers: 30 feet (9 m)
ALIEN ROCKET SPECIAL SHAPE BALLOON
The Alien Rocket was the first balloon out of the Bard Balloons workshop. Alain Bard always wanted to be an astronaut, so when he decided to build his first special shape hot air balloon, he decided it had to be a rocket ship! The Alien Rocket Special Shape Balloon was completed in 2016 and has been a super-successful shape, flying in over 7 countries to date. Kids and adults, boys and girls, everyone loves the Alien Rocket. It somehow ignites childhood dreams whenever and wherever it flies.
- 1,500 yards (1,380 m) of fabric
- 1 kilometer of webbing
- 10 kilometers of thread
- Total Volume: 65,000 cubic feet (1,980 cu m)
- Total Height: 93 feet (29 m)
Coming out of the Whelan workshop in 2017, we completed Gone Whelan - and no, it's not a typo!
With a volume of 105,000 cu ft, and with very complex patterning to get the whale body shape, this Special Shape Hot Air Balloon is the most ambitious project we have attempted to date, and took the better part of a full year to complete. Every vertical gore has a different set of patterns and it has very complex internal structure.
Made with custom-dyed, lightweight diamond-weave fabric, you will likely never see another balloon in this very special teal color.
Gone Whelan has made some successful appearances all over Canada in 2017 and is available for bookings worldwide.
BUNCH OF BEES SPECIAL SHAPE BALLOON
The Bunch of Bees Special Shape Hot Air Balloon, affectionately known as "BoB", was built and contructed here in Ottawa, Canada, and was completed in 2013. It was the first Special Shape Hot Air Balloon to come out of the Whelan workshop.
BoB is a tribute to Bees, and the plight of bees in our world, and BoB it is a a representation of a hive with 6 bees. The Bunch of Bees balloon took over 1500 hours to complete, and has a main envelope volume of 105,000 cubic feet. It was one of the first-ever special shapes built in the world using lightweight fabric.
It continues to make successful appearances in Canada and the USA in the last few years, and is available for bookings.
QUEEN BEELOON SPECIAL SHAPE BALLOON
After the Bunch of Bees balloon was completed, one of our female pilots wanted her own complementary Bee-themed Balloon, so in asking the question: What’s at the core of beehive? the only answer is a Queen Bee, of course. This Special Shape Balloon is just that - a Queen Bee, also know as QUEEN BEELOON. She wanted the Queen Bee to be very feminine – so it was constructed with eyelashes and red lips, and a crown with jewels.
This balloon was also completed in 2013 (just after BoB) out of the Whelan workshop, is also made out of lightweight fabric, has made several successful appearances in Canada and the USA in the last few years, and is available for bookings.
YUYU THE PENGUIN AND TIKI THE FISH
In 2014, we completed 2 add-on special shape balloons.
The registration marks for these 2 balloons came in as C-GYTK and C-GYUU, so during construction, C-GYTK became known as Tiki, and C-GYUU became known as YuYu.
So here we have YUYU the Penguin, and TIKI the Fish, both 77,000 cubic foot envelopes, and made of lightweight fabric, with add-ons.
YUYU the Penguin has made one very successful international appearance in Taiwan in 2015, and both balloons have made several Canadian appearances over the last few years.
They are both available for bookings.
SHE'S A HOOT!
SHE'S A HOOT! is another lightweight 77,000 cubic foot add-on special shape balloon we completed in 2015.
It continues to make appearances all over Canada, and is available for bookings.