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an early avian basket (apologies to the folks i photoshopped out).

in many ways, avian is heir to the semco school of design (note the fixed
burner [now gimbaled], and load cable attachments at base of uprights).

a flat-gored, skirtless design that was
never content to run with the pack.

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" ¤ " symbol indicates photo scanned with permission from ballooning magazine and the bfa.


avians are quite smooth-gored, with straight sides, for a somewhat triangular profile.

an early avian basket, much like later models, but with horizontal weave and "chimney" burner design.


by the late '70s, avian was purveying a much more modern burner, although still not gimbaled or otherwise maneuverable independent of the gondola.

a better look at the early avian burner.

another shot of the super-smooth avian envelope.

avians create a unique atmosphere underneath the envelope - nothing else is proportioned quite the same.


right at the turn-of-the-'80s, avian expanded its range of envelope patterns, as evidenced by this unpaid writeup in ballooning magazine.  at the same time, avian introduced a parachute top, almost reluctantly joining the crowd in adopting tracy barnes' greatest innovation.


anyone who expects some technical detail in a balloon advertisement will be more than satisfied with this '79 comparison of avian's ball-type blast valve with the ubiquitous rego.


avian made a series of magazine ads to show off how nicely their flat envelope displayed graphics. this one's from '80.


another ad demonstrating the avian envelope's effectiveness as a canvas for large-scale art, this one from 1979.
extra-special thanks to lance terry, for the loan of his '78-'81 ballooning magazines, and to glen moyer, for the generous permission to reproduce images from ballooning.

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