Justin Wilkinson is from Bermuda Dunes, CA and will be competing for the first time in the Battle Creek Hot-Air Balloon Championships flying his Fireball Balloon. He has been flying hot-air balloons for the majority of his life. He received his private license at the age of 17 and commercial license at 18. Since 2004, he has flown passenger rides for his dad's company, Fantasy Balloon Flights. Justin has flown everything from 30,000 cubic foot hopper to a 300,000 cubic foot 16 passenger ride balloon, but his favorite is flying his dad's Lindstrand Racer.