RIP Kinnie Gibson
Longtime hot air balloon competitor Kinnie Gibson died early this morning.
He and his friends and family knew he wouldn't make it to the next Great Texas Balloon Race but some of his fellow balloonists gave him a more intimate version when nine balloons flew over Lake Cherokee as a tribute to him over the weekend. They missed the target they placed on his dock even with his guidance over a radio, but his friends were able to share their mutual passion and have a good laugh one last time.
Gibson was also a skydiver, pilot, and Chuck Norris' stuntman for twenty years.
He was also known as the Rocketman. He traveled the world making appearances to fly his jet pack and even toured with Michael Jackson making a short flight as part of Jackson's concerts.
Gibson was being treated for terminal cancer.
GIBSON, Kinnie (Howard McKinnie Gibson)
Born: 1956, Beaumont, Texas, U.S.A.
Died: 7/16/2015, Longview, Texas, U.S.A.
Kinnie Gibson ‘s westerns – assistant director, stuntman:
Walker Texas Ranger (TV) – 1993, 1997 [assistant director, stuntman, Chuck Norris stunt double]