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U.S. Hot Air Balloon Pilot Champions

U.S. Hot Air Balloon Pilot Champions

Jeanette Piccard Memorial Trophy For The Us Hot Air Balloons



YEAR             CHAMPION                 LOCATION
1963                Dick Pollard                 Kalamazoo, Michigan
1964                Jimmie Craig               Reno, Nevada
1965                Jimmie Craig               Reno, Nevada
1966                George Craig                Reno, Nevada
1967                No Championship Held
1968                No Championship Held
1969                No Championship Held
1970                Frank Pritchard           Indianola/Des Moines, Iowa
1971                Dennis Floden              Indianola, Iowa
1972                Bruce Comstock          Indianola, Iowa
1973                Tom Gabel                    Indianola, Iowa
1974                Charles Ehrler             Indianola, Iowa
1975                David Medema            Indianola, Iowa
1976                Bruce Comstock          Indianola, Iowa
1977                Bruce Comstock          Indianola, Iowa
1978                Sid Cutter                     Indianola, Iowa
1979                Bruce Comstock          Indianola, Iowa
1980                Steve Jones                  Indianola, Iowa
1981                David Schaffer             Indianola, Iowa
1982                Bruce Comstock         Indianola, Iowa
1983                Owen Keown              Indianola, Iowa
1984                Al Nels                         Indianola, Iowa
1985                Al Nels                         Indianola, Iowa
1986                Sid Cutter                    Indianola, Iowa
1987                Bruce Comstock         Indianola, Iowa
1988                Rob Bartholomew      Indianola, Iowa
1989                David Levin                 Baton Rouge, Louisiana
1990                Steve Jones                 Baton Rouge, Louisiana
1991                Jeff Menchhofer         Baton Rouge, Louisiana
1992                Joe Heartsill               Middletown, Ohio
1993                Harold Cliver              Middletown, Ohio
1994                Phil Glebe                   Middletown, Ohio
1995                Pat Cannon                 Columbia, Missouri
1996                Harold Cliver             Columbia, Missouri
1997                Joe Heartsill               Columbia, Missouri
1998                Johnny Petrehn         Rantoul, Illinois
1999                Joe Heartsill               Rantoul, Illinois
2000                No Championship Held
2001                Nicholas A. Donner   Anderson, South Carolina
2002                Brian Beazly               Anderson, South Carolina
2003                Nicholas A. Donner   Anderson, South Carolina
2004                Paul Petrehn               Anderson, South Carolina
2005                Paul Petrehn               Anderson, South Carolina
2006                Pat Cannon                 Anderson, South Carolina
2007                Joe Heartsill               Waco, Texas
2008                Joe Heartsill               Anderson, South Carolina
2009                Nicholas A. Donner    Battle Creek, Michigan
2010                Nicholas A. Donner    Battle Creek, Michigan
2011                 Nicholas A. Donner    Battle Creek, Michigan
2012                Chase Donner              Longview, Texas
2013                Paul Petrehn                Longview, Texas
2014                John Petrehn               Longview, Texas
2015                John Petrehn               Longview, Texas
2016                Rhett Heartsill            Schreveport-Bossier, Louisiana
2017                John Petrehn               Shreveport, LA
2018                Rhett Heartsill            Shreveport, LA
2019                Rhett Heartsill            Scottsbluff, NE
2020                No Championship held
2021                Chase Donner              Scottsbluff, NE

2022               Rhett Heartsill             Scottsbluff, NE

2023               Bruce Wood                   Longview, TX

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Early US Nationals Winners

US Nationals Before Indianola