Sometime in 2000 I had
this great idea. Since we are in the ballooning business, why don't we have
an American Flag balloon built? We could take it to balloon rallies, hand
out pocket Constitutions, and teach the up and coming youth about this great
country that we live in. There was the problem of interest, and apathy of
the general public. Patriotism hasn't been much in fashion the past few
years. But, I knew I could change enough minds to get the interest out
there. You know, change the world.
After the massacre on
September 11, 2001, like most Americans I was fumbling around for something
I could do to help the war effort. Anything at all to 'just do something'.
Suddenly, patriotism was popular again. Flags are everywhere, and Americans
seem to be paying attention. I approached my husband, the pilot in command
of our other balloons, and said, "How about that flag balloon? I think it
would be hot." We did some checking around, found a manufacturer to build
the balloon, and we will be ready to launch sometime in the spring of 2002.
We will travel, meet
some great people, and hopefully teach the citizens of this country a little
bit about what made this country the best place in the world to live.
Barry DiLibero first
flew in a hot air balloon in 1991. He got to the ground, and
had a new balloon in his garage the next week. He started
Aapex Sunrides, and has been flying ever since. Barry and his
wife Teri run the balloon company together and generally have
a good time with whatever they do. Barry has several business
interests and Teri has a screen printing company in Chester