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Learn a little about Midwest Balloon Rides and owner, Tony Sandlin.

About Tony Sandlin

Tony is the owner of Midwest Balloon Rides.

Tony has flown more hours than any other balloon pilot in the state of Indiana over the last year and has currently logged over 1700 hours and has flown over 20,400 passengers in balloons. He was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN and now lives in Fishers, IN with his wife, Gail and their 3 sons.

Tony became involved in ballooning in 1989 after answering an ad in the Thrifty Nickel Newspaper looking for a person to join a hot air balloon crew team. From there he studied to become a private pilot and then became a commercial hot air balloon pilot in 2005. Tony sold his first balloon “Inflated Ego” and currently flies either “Blown Away”, “Out of the Blue” or “Glory Be”. All three balloon use an Easy Access Basket (they have a door).

Tony has flown extensively throughout the United States as well as Canada, Mexico and the Middle East. 2011 through 2017 Tony was included as one of only a few balloons permitted to give passenger rides at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, an annual gathering of over 600 hot air balloons. He has been invited back to do the same in 2018. In August of 2012 Tony was hired to film a commercial using his balloons in California for a company from Spain.