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Over the year I’ve managed to fly in about everything that doesn’t leave the atmosphere. I’ve been flung in the air by rides that held on to you by basically a super rubber band.

I’ve been dropped by the ankles with the only thing keeping me from a major headache was as super rubber band.  I’ve flown with the Blue Angels and in a couple of B-17′s. I’ve done stunts in bi[lanes, even had one have engine problems mid stunt. I've had more pilots try and freak me out than you could imagine, but nope nothing, not even a hint of urping up.

See at a young age I got to fly with my Grandfather, A.C. Hahn. He flew with Wiley Post on his solo journey around the world, Grandpa flew a few hundred miles in his own plane, then dipped his wing and said by to his buddy.  He built his own airplane and was golfing buddy and pilot for Jimmy Cagney.  He was a pilot Africa at the start of WWII,  until he got called home because he didn't have a son to carry on his name if he died in combat.  He had 3 kills at the time and was on pace to be America's first Ace of the he was mad.  So at a young age he made sure I got my feet off the ground as much as possible.

Del is in the picture, he’s the guy coming up on the left.


One of the few things left is the chance to take a flight in a hot air balloon.  The Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic is coming at the end of the month and not only do I get to take a ride in a hot air balloon, I get to take a couple of listeners/friends with me.  This is going to be so cool.

Imagine it’s early morning, just after sunrise, the air is cool, the winds non-existent.  You just finished a warm breakfast and have a hot cup of coffee or cocoa in your hands.  Your pilot is explaining the in’s and out’s of ballooning and your can’t wait to get in the basket.  Then I come up and break the whole mood.  OK, I’ll try not to break it.  In just minutes not only will we be lifting off in our balloon, but we will be doing it with a bunch of others.  It’s an experience less than one tenth of one percent of the population will ever experience.

You want to go?  Get entered by joining the Lite FM VIP club.  It costs nothing to join and you just might win the chance to go up in a hot air balloon during the Boise Balloon Classic.  Now that’s priceless.  See you on the lawn of Ann Morrison park.

Kevin Mee

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