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Jackie Summers has never been on a hot air balloon ride before, so she added that to her bucket list. On the morning of April 13 she got her wish.
Robert Summers set up the event for his wife, who has a form of cancer. Robert brought a Relay for Life sign with the words “Doctor Driver” to take with them in the basket.
At 8:45 a.m. that Friday morning, the flight took off from the YMCA on Carolina Cross Drive off U.S. 161. The balloon landed 25 minutes later in the backyard of Mike’s Custom Cars and Entity Systems and Programming on South Paraham Road in Rock Hill.
While flights are usually 45 minutes to an hour, pilot Ray Smith had to cut this one short. Winds that morning were pushing the balloon into Charlotte Douglas Airport airspace.