PILOT NAME: Kim Neill
HOMETOWN: Riverwoods, IL
BALLOON NAME: Traveller
Kim Neill grew up in the sport of ballooning and has been around balloons for over 40 years. Her father, Jim Neill, (also a pilot) took her up for her flight at age 4.
Ballooning was very much a shared family adventure with every summer of her youth spent crewing for her dad at numerous competitive events. She received her private pilot license in 2005 and has been competing alongside her dad ever since. In 2015, Kim and her father were the first Father/Daughter team to place top 20 at the National Balloon Classic.