Local plane spotter 'IAD' spent an enjoyable morning - in and out of his car - in pursuit of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) hot-air balloon - Kavanagh Balloons B-105 VH-LVD - as it went for an early morning flight over North Rockhampton early on Friday 6 June.
The balloon gently lifted off from "All Blacks Park" at Lakes Creek and drifted in a generally Northerly direction over Glenmore, towards Parkhurst. Three members of local media outlets were the lucky passengers to take in the stunning views over the beef capital.
After stopping and taking several photos of the balloon as it drifted along on its journey, 'IAD' managed to capture a quick photos as VH-LVD touched down in a cow paddock!
The RAAF will also be offering tethered flights in the balloon during the afternoon/evening, offering locals the chance to climb in the basket under the Balloon, and rising to around 20-30 metres above ground, to give passengers a 'bird's-eye' view of the beef capital. Windy conditions prevented this on Thursday night however, so the weather will play a big factor if flights are to go ahead tonight. The balloon is expected to set-up near the Rockhampton Showgrounds.
Incidentally, the RAAF Balloon has been conducting a tour including parts of Central Queensland. From Rockhampton, the balloon is expected to grace the skies over Bundaberg, Hervey Bay and Childers before heading South through Brisbane.
For more information and great photos do check out the RAAF Balloon Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/RAAF.Balloon
Some spectacular photos from 'IAD', and we sincerely thank him for taking the time to send them through!
All photos taken by 'IAD' ©