Denali Balloon

In 1982, a team led by balloon pilot Frank Reed, Jr., successfully landed a hot air balloon on Denali, North America’s tallest peak. The feat was astounding for two reasons. First, at 20,319 feet, Denali creates its own weather, and a balloon is dependent upon weather to arrive at a pre-determined destination. Second, the final 10,000 of ascent had to be made with portable oxygen. This exhibit is the gondola to that historic balloon feat.