About the Team

Shane Douglas Cory, owner of Arizona Balloon Port, is a third generation pilot and a second generation owner of one of the first commercial Hot Air Balloon Companies to emerge in Arizona in the mid 1970’s.

Shane’s parents, Phillip & Angelica Cory, both commercial pilots, had their first hot air balloon “adventure” in 1973. Launching the Great Pumpkin, a New Mexico owned hot air balloon, in the desert behind their Mesa, AZ residence began a serendipitous journey that would later evolve into a family legacy. In 1974 Douglas Cory of Flagstaff, AZ was the first member of the Cory family and one of the first people in the State of Arizona to actually purchase a Hot Air Balloon.  He is now the current owner of Northern Lights Balloon Expeditions of Sedona, Arizona.

Cory Bubble Balloons, piloted by Phillip Cory followed in his brother’s footsteps as one of the first commercial hot air balloon ride companies in Arizona, flying thousands of passengers and training dozens of today’s current pilots. Cory Bubble Balloons specialized in exclusive balloon flights for VIP’s, CEO’s and Hollywood celebrities. Highly regarded as a renowned commercial balloon pilot, Phillip Cory was also offered numerous corporate advertising contracts a couple of the more recognizable feats was contracting to fly the KNIX ;hot air balloon, KDKB hot air balloon, & the Toyota hot air balloon.

At the young age of eighteen (18), Shane Douglas Cory, a seasoned balloonist by this time, began his ‘lighter-than-air’ pilot training. By age twenty-three (23), Shane had secured his commercial pilots certificate and began flying as a hired pilot for Cory Bubble Ballooning and several other local companies. In year 2000, Shane took ownership of Cory Bubble Ballooning, now doing business as Arizona Balloon Port.

Arizona Balloon Port offers Arizona hot air balloon flights in the Phoenix, Scottsdale, Chandler, Showlow, Pinetop, Heber, and Overgaard area’s, specializing in premier hot air balloon rides, corporate hot air balloon advertising and adventure hot air balloon tours Arizona Balloon Port being only company that offers balloon rides and adventure hot air balloon tours in the majestic White Mountains of Arizona.