Pioneer Dinner

The North East Pioneer Aeronauts, a group of balloon enthusiasts who have been flying or crewing for 30 years or more, has held two reunions over the last two decades. They brought together early balloonists and their crews to celebrate and share their similar memories and experiences. North East Pioneer Aeronauts will host a third reunion at the FAVIA 225/2018 BFA Convention in Philadelphia on Thursday, March 22, 2018. Dinner will begin at 6:30 pm at the Hilton at Penn’s Landing. All balloon pilots, crew, and friends are invited to attend.

The dinner will be designed as a very special evening for sharing stories, fond memories and memorabilia. You are encouraged to bring items from the early years such as balloon journals, photos, news-clippings, etc. Tables will be set up to display everyone’s memorabilia.

The Balloon Federation of America’s Ed Yost Master Pilot Award will recognize LTA pilots who have demonstrated professionalism, skill and aviation expertise while maintaining safe operations for 40 or more consecutive years as active pilots. Please contact Mick Murphy at if you are eligible for the Ed Yost Award.

All who have a passion for those days are invited to attend, even if they have never touched a burner!

Cost is $70.00 per person. To Register Click here.

For more information please contact Mick Murphy at