Old World Balloonery was established in 1975 by Dale Points. Today, Old World Balloonery is owned and operated by Jason Jones. Jason got started in hot-air ballooning at the young age of 5, as part of the chase crew for his mother, Annie Laurie Points in Indianola, Iowa. After many years of chasing, Jason started training to become a hot air balloon pilot in 1986. Since then Jason has flown hot-air balloons all over the country and has logged over 1000 hours as pilot-in-command. Jason and his wife Kim live in Overland Park, Kansas, and have great pride in Old World Balloonery. They are eager to share their passion and enthusiasm for the sport of hot-air ballooning with you.
History of Hot Air Ballooning
The sport of Hot Air Ballooning started in France in 1783 by the Mongolfier brothers. The two brothers were paper makers and were intrigued by how smoke and fire lifted small pieces of paper. So they began making small balloons, lighting them, and chasing them into the countryside. After doing this several times, they decide to attach a cage to a small balloon and they sent a sheep, a chicken, and a goose up into the countryside. Shortly after the animals survived their first flight, the first man was sent up in a balloon. Modern day hot-air ballooning became popular during the 1960's in the United States.
The Balloonist Prayer
The winds have welcomed you with softness,
The sun has blessed you with his warm hands,
You have flown so high and so well,
That God has joined you in your laughter,
And set you gently back again into the loving arms of Mother Earth.