Branden Bloom will be joining the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival this year for his first time. He is from Indianola, IA and will be flying his Royal Racer Balloon. He is 23 years old and his interest in balloons started when he was twelve years old. The day after he turned 16, he got his license. Branden became one of the youngest pilots to receive Rookie of the Year at the U.S. National Championships in 2012. Then in 2013 he became the youngest pilot in history to win the National Balloon Classic.