Air Force Balloon

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Hot air balloons are one of the earliest forms of aviation – they were even used for surveillance during World War I. Today, Air Force has two balloons which are based in Canberra. Operated by Central Flying School, the balloons often travel to regional or remote communities that don’t have an airport. These visits are an opportunity for members of the community to meet Air Force personnel and also serve to promote the professionalism of the RAAF, introduce young people to aviation and inspire an interest in the Royal Australian Air Force.

The balloons can launch from small open spaces, such as school ovals, which makes them a regular visitor to schools around Australia where they deliver aviation-related education programs. The balloons conduct regular free-flight training in the Canberra region.

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Calendar of Events

13 Aug 15- 10 Sep 15Balloon Community Engagement Tour of WA
30 Sep 15 Junior Enlisted Leadership Forum
17 Oct 15 - 21 Oct 15 Balloon Community Engagement Tour of VIC & SA
22 Oct 15 - 26 Oct 15 Mt Gambier Spring Show
20 Nov 15 - 21 Nov 15 Warbirds Downunder (Temora)
8 Dec 15 Canberra Grammar Sony Foundation Childrens Holiday Camp

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Air Force Balloon Interactive

Balloon Game Test your skill and play the fun Air Force Balloon interactive. Navigate your way around the countryside and see how high you can get your score.