Steve Haase said he got into ballooning by
crewing at the Danville Oldsmobile Balloon Classic in Danville. He
crewed for numerous balloons from 1988 until he bought his first In
the Dog House balloon in 1994. He received his private license in
1997 and his commercial license in 2000. After receiving his
commercial license, he bought his present balloon: In the Dog House,
Again. He has been flying at numerous balloon events since that time
and loves to see people's reactions when they take their first
His balloon is sponsored by Castle Manor.
(pronounced like ICE-MIN)
Tom is a professor of aviation technology at Purdue University.
He has been flying fixed-wing aircraft since he was 16 years old and
has been a hot air balloon pilot for over 15 years. His balloon Blue
Magic is an Ultramagic racer. He lives in Lafayette, Ind.
balloon is sponsored by Lincoln Chrysler Dodge Jeep.
Pilot Jim Ireland is a commercial LTA pilot who has been flying
balloons since 1989. He and his wife, Nancy, who is crew chief,
participate in balloon events throughout Illinois, including
Galesburg, Centralia, the Quad Cities and Macomb. They have also
flown in the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta in New Mexico. Ballooning is
a family affair: daughter Brenda crews for them and daughter Sherry
is a commercial pilot who flies in the Atlanta, Ga., area. The
Irelands are members of the Balloon Federation of America and
Balloon Association of Greater Illinois.
One ballooning highlight occurred in 1996 when Jim flew 232 miles
in four hours -- taking off in Macomb and landing south of
It is the joy of the faces of children of all ages and the
camaraderie that make ballooning special for the Irelands.
balloon is sponsored by State Bank of Lincoln.
Pilot Dean Carlton is a commercial pilot from Danville. Dean and
the Ca-Zoo crew started flying balloons in 1997. His local crew
consists of a large extended family and a close association of
friends -- the Danville Balloon Group -- that crew together for six
local balloonists. Dean's wife, Angela, is the crew chief, and
children Ryan and Kelli crew for this colorful balloon.
Dean and some friends have developed an informative crew training
which he uses to provide his out-of-town crew some advanced training
before rallies. Competitively, Ca-Zoo has won first place at prior
Quincy, Lincoln and Peoria festivals in Illinois, and in Muncie,
Dean is also the founder of the annual Les Nessman Memorial
Turkey Drop event each Thanksgiving in Danville, in which rubber
"turkeys" are dropped from balloons onto targets, in "WKRP in
In 2002, Dean had the opportunity to take Capt. James Lovell Jr.,
commander of Apollo 13, for his first balloon flight.
The balloon is
sponsored by Illinois American Water Co.
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Tim Cloyd is a railroad engineer who hails from Runnells, Iowa.
He enjoys family genealogy along with traveling. Tim has flown two
long-jump flights of 110 miles and 124 miles with a top speed of 75
mph. He loves to fly year-round.
The balloon is sponsored by Merrill
Lynch, Summer-Graue Group
Pilot Randy Conklen is a central Illinois native from New
Holland. Randy became active in ballooning after crewing with other
Lincoln balloons in 1999 following the Lincoln Art & Balloon
Festival. Randy and his son, Reid, purchased a balloon in early 2000
and both of them started training. Randy received his private
license in the fall of 2000 and commercial license in the summer of
2002. Reid also received his private license in the summer of 2002.
Partnering with other Lincoln pilots, they fly mostly for sport in
the Lincoln area and attend a few balloon festivals each year.
balloon is sponsored by Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce.
Pilot Michael England was born in Galesburg and grew up in Galva.
He began flying balloons in 1979 in Charleston while working as a
farm business farm management field man for the University of
Illinois. He moved to Arizona in 1994 to fly balloons for a living.
He flies 12 passenger balloons daily over the desert. Michael is
currently the president of the Arizona Balloon Club.
The balloon is
sponsored by Walmart.
[Text from file received from
the Lincoln/Logan County
Chamber of Commerce]
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