Androscoggin Balloon Adventures is a hot air balloon ride business based out of Lewiston/Auburn Maine. We fly weekends and occasionally weekday mornings. Flight times are at sunrise and approximately one hour before sunset. Rates are $200.00 per person for the one hour flight, which includes a champagne celebration afterwards. The balloon can accommodate up to four adult passengers. There are no surcharges for private flights for such occasions as wedding proposals, anniversaries, etc. Gift certificates are also available for purchase. Your pilot/owner is Jim Rodrigue.
Jim and his family started crewing for his cousin Andre during the local balloon festivals around 1994. In 1997 he received his first lesson from Bill, a pilot from Florida, and was forever hooked. Jim traveled to New Hampshire for lessons from Andre. In 1999 Jim earned his private license and his commercial license in 2000. Since then Jim has flown in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio and Canada. His Nickname around town is “Mile High” because he loves to take his passengers a mile high for the best views around.
While learning from his cousin, he was exposed to balloon builders’ experimental meets, where he got the bug to build his own. The first balloon Jim built was a 52,000 cubic foot shape of a head named “Dork”. This balloon has eyebrows, nose and ears as appendages, and also interchangeable earrings and removable hair and rat tail.
Jim is currently working on a 26,000 cubic foot cloud hopper, which is a single person basketless balloon. He will be attached by a seat and harness to the balloon.
169 FerryRd , Lewiston Maine 04240
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Derald started his career in the 1960s while attending the University of Maine.He received his first pilots Licence in 1970.In 1971 he saw his first balloon and was hooked ! Derald served as a Navel Flight Officer for the U S Navy than returned to his familly home in Bangor Maine area.He learned to fly Hot Air Balloons and started Damn Yankee Balloons Inc ; which offered passenger flights and student instruction for over 35 years.
In 1985 Derald set a record as the very first pilot to cross Northumberland Straight in a hot air balloon which lies between New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island,Canada. He flew 13 miles over ocean and landed on Price Edward Islands Towering Cliffs. Since that time he has flown over 3000 hours in 10 U. S. States and 6. Canadian Provinces.His biggest thrill still is sharing the wonderment of the first flight with new passengers. Derald met his wife Joy while ballooning in Vermont over a decade ago, and together they reside in Dixfield, Maine. Damn Yankee Balloons provides ariel advertising for local and national businesses,as well as free flights and tethered balloon rides, in the eastern part of the U.S. and Canada.
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DAMN YANKEE BALLOONS (207)-562-7562
PLEASE CALL: : Monday -Sunday between 9:00 & 9:00 Now Flying in AUGUSTA & AUBURN and Massachusetts ( WORCESTER Area )
241 Weld St Dixfield , Maine 04224