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Our Team

Kyle Laxton, US Hot Air Balloon Team Pilot

Kyle includes Ballooning, along with all aspects of the experience as some of his favorite things in Life. Born in Camden, New Jersey, moving to Southeastern Pennsylvania early in life gave him an appreciation for the beautiful countryside found here.

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Our Team

Lucas Hess, US Hot Air Balloon Team Pilot

Pilot, Lucas Hess developed a love of the outdoors early in life. Growing up in the heart of Amish farm country, Lucas felt an appreciation for the open land, and the generosity and pleasant characteristics of its people. Lucas considers himself truly fortunate to be able to follow his passion, and continue to build a very rewarding career.

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Up and Away

This was my second time up in over two years. Last time was a sunrise take off, this time it was an evening ride. Both times I had Lucas and

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So much fun I want to do it again!

We enjoyed a beautiful afternoon with Lucas as our pilot. Most of our party was afraid of heights, but once we got going we had no issues at all. The

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Standing in a "Longaberger Basket"

My husband was pretty nervous about this hot air balloon ride. Once you get used to standing in a “Longaberger Basket” as he calls it, you will love it. The

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If I could give 20 stars I would

Had the pleasure taking a ride last year with my special lady. Yes she is timid (to say that lightly) but she was a great sport. Watching it fill with

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Truly a memory for the books

I can’t speak more highly of my experience with Lancaster Balloon Rides (operated by The US Hot Air Balloon Team). I scheduled a private hot air balloon flight for a

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Our Team

Jake Frame, US Hot Air Balloon Team Pilot

Jake has the distinction of being born into ballooning. From his earliest memories, he has always wanted to be around balloons and be a part of anything ballooning. Jake took his first balloon ride at 3 years of age. He progressed from instruction, experience, and classroom from student pilot at 14 years of age, to Private Pilot at 16 years of age, and Commercial Pilot at 19 years of age.

Stan Hess, Owner and Founder of U.S. Hot Air Balloon Team | Lancaster Balloon Rides

Stan Hess, US Hot Air Balloon Team Pilot

Stan Hess Veteran Balloonist and Tour Director of The United States Hot Air Balloon Team have provided a first class balloon experience for countless thousands of ballooning enthusiasts. For more than 30 years Stan’s dedication to the sport has earned him a place of distinction among his peers.

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Defy Gravity

We love sharing stories from people who have taken a ride with us. This lovely story is from Carol- who seemed to have the time of her life. Thanks for