Blair Balloonist Jaworski inducted into Hall of Fame

Jaworski Hot Air Balloon

Over hill and dale. Rich Jaworski pilots his passengers above the hills north of Blair in March, 2016.

We all look up to Blair balloonist Rich Jaworski when we see his brilliant red and white striped balloon float through the skies over Washington County on a calm morning or evening. Following his induction into the Nebraska Aviation Hall of Fame Enterprise on-line editor and reporter  Leeana Elis interviewed Jaworski, and I searched through my archive for photos I have taken over the years to accompany the article.

I have watched Jaworski and his crew prepare for take off many times, but the most memorable for me was standing in the parking lot of St.Francis Borgia  in the wee hours of a frigid morning in 2007 as the balloonist prepared for a long distance flight.

Congratulations to Rich, and thanks for the joy you provide as we view your balloon floating over the countryside. – Joe Burns

Saturday  Heritge Days

Rich Jaworski greets guests as they climb aboard for a bird’s eye view of Fort Atkinson during Heritage Days in Fort Calhoun.

Picture perfect evening

The familiar sight of Rich Jaworski’s red and white hot air balloon floating on a gentle evening breeze above Washington County is a sure sign that spring is, or soon will be here.  Wednesday evening  Jaworski and passengers Niki, Neal, Alyssa and Ryan Schumacher floated  serenely  above County Road 14 shortly before landing in a nearby field.

Jaworski Hot Air Balloon

Rich Jaworski and passengers float above County Road 14 north of Blair Wednesday just before sunset.