SEP 17 & 18, 2021

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Pilot Profile

Gary Whitby

Columbia, MO

Balloon Name: Elleo Star

Bio; Gary Whitby

Pilot of the Goldfish Hot Air Balloon “Boomer”

Gary was born and raised in St. Louis and attended the Great forest Park Balloon Race in it’s early years and dreamed of one day flying his own balloon in the event. After volunteering at a balloon event he came home and announced that he wanted to get his own balloon. In 1996 he ordered his new balloon and has been flying ever since. He has competed in competition ballooning at the U.S Nationals Hot Air Balloon Championships and flown in events across the United States as well as in Mexico at the International Festival Del Globos held in Leon Mexico. “Every flight is a new adventure” and Gary enjoys sharing his love of flight with his passengers. He has hundreds of hours as pilot in command with out any accidents or mishaps. Gary and Cindy Whitby currently live in Columbia, MO. Gary Whitby owns and operates the Pepperidge Farm cookie and cracker distributorship in Central Missouri.