Paraplegic balloon pilot wants others with disabilities to fly | KOB 4

Paraplegic balloon pilot wants others with disabilities to fly

Casey Torres
October 11, 2018 01:10 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Michael Glen, 43, has been flying in hot air balloons all of his life.


He says his first flight was when he was two-weeks-old.

“I’ve been around balloons all my life, and I still turn into that small little kid, so I love it,” said Glen.

His decision to become a pilot came after his life took an unexpected turn.

“I was involved in a single car rollover in ’96 down in Roswell, New Mexico that left me paralyzed. (I) was sent to the hospital at UNM, spent six months in rehab, physical rehabilitation, getting used to being in a wheelchair,” said Glen.

In 2006, Glen became the world’s first paraplegic pilot and adopted the name "The Rolling Pilot." Glen wasn’t wearing a seatbelt during his accident, so he reaches out to students from across the country about seatbelt safety.

“So I really try to push out the story and the positivity that you can still achieve your dreams and reach for your goals, no matter what happens in life,” said Glen.

His new goal is to help people with disabilities to fly in a hot air balloon by raising $50,000 to buy a basket with doors and a ramp that is wheelchair accessible.


Casey Torres

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