Tom "Old Fart" Roush is from Tallassee, Tennessee. He has been a licensed pilot for 56 years and a licensed balloon pilot for 33 years and has roughly 1200 hours as pilot-in-command of a balloon. He worked for Post Cereals for a number of years and retired in 1995.
The name of his balloon is "Git-R-Done". He has participated in EVERY SINGLE EVENT here since the Pre-World's in 1980.
"I'm 73 & if I'm going to do it, I'd better "Git-R-Done"" (this is his reasoning for the name of the balloon) His wife's name is Pat and they have 2 kids Laura & Patrick. His regular crew for 13 years couldn't be here this year... Liz Roxbery. Crewing this year are JC Smith, "Butters" Shelton, & Johnny Flathau. Tom restores antique airplanes and flies them.
Tom placed #4 in the 2011 hot-air balloon competition.