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.
Visit the FOR TEACHERS FOR STUDENTS website for a whole range of Air Force Balloon school activities.
On the RAAF section within the For Teachers For Students site you will find a 'Student Content' section, where students will discover interesting facts about the Royal Australian Air Force, its aircraft, airbases and operations.
|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.|
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