And I thought this balloon looked like the same one.
It was. It once belonged to a nice guy named Frank Byham who retired it when he bought himself a new balloon. So for years at different events he would bring the old balloon out to fill with air to create a playground that folks seemed to love. Frank is now in his 90s and he sold the balloon years ago, but it is still around adding a big splash of color and fun for visitors to air shows all over the region.
And it helps this old photographer fondly rememberer the many conversations over the years with Frank.