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Sunlight and Sunrise
The balloon with the yellow skirt is SANDIA SUNLITE, the balloon with the blue skirt is SANDIA SUNRISE. They belong to both of us, but Barbara usually flys SUNLITE while Peter flies SUNRISE at the Gunnison rally. Sunlite is a home built balloon made of parachute fabric and is much lighter than the standard build balloon.
 

Sandia Sunlite and Sunrise

Barbara a FickeBarbara A. Fricke has been a hot air balloon pilot since 1989 and gained her gas rating in 1996. Her balloon interest comes from seeing the movie Around the World in 80 Days as a child. She has more than 1680 hours of pilot time including flights in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the United States. She served as president of the Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association in 1995-6 and chaired AAAA's Education Committee for many years both before and after being president. She has organized ground schools, safety seminars, and the Fiesta Safety Seminars and was awarded the AAAA's Bob Ruppenthal Education Award in 1994. In 2001, Barbara along with Peter Cuneo won the 6th America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race at Fiesta. Later that same year, they flew in Virginia where they carried geese in an experimental migration study that was featured on 20/20. She participated in a smoke balloon flight in Nazca Peru, Nov. 2002. In 2003, 2005, & 2007, she and Peter took second place in the America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race. They flew in the Gordon Bennett races from Thionville, France in 2004, from Waasmunster, Belgium in 2006, from Albuqueque in 2008, from Geneva, Switzerland in 2009 and from Gap-Tillard, France in 2011. In 2008, Barbara, along with Peter, took 3rd in the Gordon Bennett race. In 2010, she and Peter won the 15th America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race and last year they finish second again.

Professionally, Barbara is a retired professor from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

Peter J CuneoPeter J. Cuneo has been a hot air balloon pilot since 1989 and gained his gas rating in 1995. His interest in gas ballooning stems from having The Noon Balloon by Margaret Wise Brown read to him while he was still an embryo. He has participated in every America's Challenge Gas Balloon Race since 1995 and had the good sense to stay on the ground in 2000. He has more than 1650 hours of pilot time including flights in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Mexico, Switzerland, and the United States. In 2001, Peter along with Barbara Fricke won the 6th America’sBarbara and Peter Together Challenge Gas Balloon Race at Fiesta. Later that same year, they flew in Virginia were they carried geese in an experimental migration study that was featured on 20/20. In November 2002, Peter flew in a smoke balloon flight that was a reenactment of a 1975 flight over the Nazca Lines in Peru. With Barbara, he flew to second place in the America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race in 2003, 2005 and 2007. They flew in the Gordon Bennett races from Thionville, France in 2004, from Waasmunster, Belgium in 2006, from Albuquerque in 2008, from Geneva, Switzerland in 2009 and from Gap-Tillard, France in 2011. In 2008, Peter flew with Barbara to a 3rd place finish in the Gordon Bennett race. In 2010, he and Barbara won the 15th America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race and last year they again took second place..

Professionally, Peter is a retired optical engineer from Lockheed-Martin Corporation.

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