Welcome to Top Gun!

We are THE Premier Hot Air Ballooning Competition Club.

Top Gun was founded in Albuquerque, New Mexico which is the hot air balloon capital of the World.  The club was incorporated in 1987 as a 501 (c) 3 educational organization with the purpose of helping balloon pilots improve their skills through education and the sport of friendly competition.  The club organizes and hosts educational seminars, schools, and competitive balloon flights to improve the pilot’s skills while safely learning the skills necessary to be better pilots.    Club flights are always educational and provide friendships between pilots who are interested in this aspect of the Sport.  The club also promotes hot air ballooning in general.

We have monthly competitions where our Top Gun Pilots fly with each other for the monthly Top Gun title and ultimately the club championship.  We are rapidly expanding our organization and look forward to Top Gun Events nationally!  Are you ready to join us?

Top Gun Founders with the Top Gun Championship Trophy that is still on display in the Albuquerque International Balloon Museum today. Left to Right: Scott Appelman, Paul Smith, Troy Bradley, Wayne Bond, Mark Sullivan. Circa 1987

The 2024 Rio Grande Classic preparation is underway!! Pilot Registration is Open! Sponsors are Welcome! Please follow this link to learn how to become a part of this awesome event happening Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-27, 2024!

Sponsors, Pilots, and Information, Click Here!