The art of hot-air ballooning

By AG STAFF 19 December 2013
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This year, James McCormack and Australian Geographic uncovered never-before-seen footage of Australia’s first hot-air balloon flight.

THE FIRST MODERN hot-air balloon flight in Australia took place in 1964.

A group of young engineering students and recent graduates gathered around a shapeless object in a paddock near Parkes, in central-western New South Wales.

Thousands of onlookers had gathered, braving midwinter’s grasping dawn chill, because the young engineers were attempting the country’s first manned balloon flight in nearly half a century.

To read more about ballooning, grab a copy of issue 118 (Jan/Feb 2014) of Australian Geographic.