John Kugler (USA)

2201 Ponderosa Drive Home: (308) 345-6577

McCook, NE  69001  FAX: (308) 345-7150


Date of Birth:                                December 5, 1956


1977-1980                                University of Denver                                Denver, CO


1977-1977                                McCook Community College                                McCook, NE

                                Associates of Arts


Began hot air ballooning in 1978 flying in Nebraska and Colorado.  Past Board Member, Balloon Federation of America Gas Division (1991), and work with other organizations to further the advancement of ballooning.  Participated in Steve Fossett’s Solo Spirit endeavors to  fly around the world.  This project included two flights from St. Louis and the southern hemisphere attempt for Mendoza, Argentina.  Working to continue the Solo Spirit RTW project next spring (2001) in the southern hemisphere.

Second place finish in 1999 RE/Max Cup Event.  39th longest flight in the world. 

5th  Place 2000 Gordon Bennett in Belgium. 

Re elected to the BFA Gas Board, treasurer in 2000.   


Marketing President, Kugler Company.  Chief business - manufacture, market and development of liquid fertilizer.  15+ years with family business.  Responsibilities include management of marketing functions in 5 state trade territory.     



Interests include amateur radio, computers, webpage design, sports and flying. Enjoying planning and implementing new projects that include both hot air and gas.  Long distant flights in both hot air and gas are of particular interest.  My philosophy is that many things can be done in ballooning without spending money on elaborate equipment and taking common sense approach to flying.  Interested in the advancement of knowledge in ballooning to others that show interest and willing to learn.