William E. "Bill" Bussey

Hot Air Balloon Pilot
14-time hot air balloon world record holder

An avid hot air balloon pilot and dentist in Longview, Texas, William Bussey bought his first hot air balloon in 1978 after being mesmerized by two balloons he saw during a ski trip in Colorado. Subsequently, he logged thousands of flying hours and became a competitive pilot winning numerous hot air balloon competitions and setting 14 world records for both distance and time aloft.