Chad Crabtree was born and raised right here in Battle Creek, Michigan. Chad took his love and passion for Hot-Air Ballooning in the mid-1980s to find pilots and volunteer for crew for the Air Show. Ever since then, Chad has worked his way as Crew Chief for several different pilots. Chad has been to several World Hot-Air Balloon Championships. Chad has taken all of his knowledge and now has become a pilot. Now flying for several years, Chad is trying to become a Commercial Pilot. Chad's Balloon is called Independence and has the U.S. Flag on one side and U.S.A. on the other side.