Generations of Flight Inspire Old West Balloon Fest Pilot at Nebraska Panhandle | Nebraska






Justin Elkins, fourth from right with a yellow hat, and his crew pose for a photo during the Old West Balloon Fest at Mitchell Airfield on Saturday August 13.




You could say that hot air ballooning is in Justin Elkins’ blood.

Elkins, of Sheridan, Wyoming, is the third generation in his family to pilot a hot air balloon. He took love to steal from his father. His grandfather also flew balloons.







Generations of flight inspire Old West Balloon Fest pilot

Justin Elkins lit his “candle” for spectators during the Old West Balloon Fest at Mitchell Airfield on Saturday August 13.










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Generations of flight inspire Old West Balloon Fest pilot

A hot air balloon hovers just above Mitchell Airfield during the US National Hot Air Balloon Championship on Saturday August 13.










Generations of flight inspire Old West Balloon Fest pilot

Balloons fill the sky heading towards Mitchell Airfield during the US National Hot Air Balloon Championship on Saturday August 13.










Generations of flight inspire Old West Balloon Fest pilot

Volunteers keep an eye out for incoming balloons during the US National Hot Air Balloon Championship at Mitchell Airfield on Saturday August 13.