History

A Family Tradition

The Griswold family has been in the ballooning business for 40 years. Since I was born, I have grown up around hot air balloons. Whether it is crewing, chasing, piloting, or just spectating, I have witnessed many amazing aspects and the growth of the sport.

My father and mother went for a balloon ride before I was born. When they landed, my father asked where he could buy one so he could learn how to fly.

child helping with a hot air balloon - History
inside of a hot air balloon - History

My father, Jim Griswold, was a major influence and contributor to hot air ballooning in the Central NY area. He was the co-founder of the well-known Jamesville Balloon Festival and he was responsible for training most of today’s local hot air balloon pilots.

Unfortunately my father passed away from colon cancer in 1991, but he was able to teach my older brother Peter Griswold how to fly before he died. My brother has now passed on his expertise — and my father’s tradition — to me.

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The Griswold Brothers Story Trailer

Peter and Scott Griswold are both accomplished balloon pilots originating from Syracuse, NY. They tell their story of growing up with their dad, Jim Griswold a ballooning original and what it’s like to be a legacy in the beautiful world of hot air ballooning.

The Griswold Brothers Story

Peter and Scott Griswold of central New York tell us the story of how they became the accomplished hot air balloonists they are today.

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