Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Balloon - VH-LVD - in the Skies over Central Queensland This Week

I've only just heard on the local ABC radio that the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) hot-air balloon - Kavanagh Balloons B-105 VH-LVD - is in the skies over Central Queensland this week.

On Wednesday 4 June, the Balloon is making a flight over Gladstone - lifting off from one of the suburban parks in the port city, and drifting slowly in a South-West direction.

I'm told that the RAAF Balloon will then be heading North - by road(!) - and be on display for the remainder of the week at Rockhampton.  The exact location of the Balloon's take-off and display points are not known at this stage, but according to the ABC radio, the Balloon will take to the air each morning over Thursday 5 June and Friday 6 June.

The RAAF will also be offering tethered flights in 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.

The exact location of where the RAAF Balloon will set up in Rockhampton is not known at this stage.

Incidentally, the RAAF Balloon was in the skies over Maryborough on Tuesday 3 June.

From the RAAF Balloon Facebook page, it states:  "Beginning before dawn east of Maryborough, the Air Force Balloon crew provided a free flight display over the city followed by visits to Albert Street State School and Mungar State Primary School. Maryborough West Primary School students also helped out in packing the Balloon after landing from the morning flight. Conditions were excellent for the overflight and allowed additional track miles and viewing time for many of Maryborough's residents."

After Rockhampton, the RAAF Balloon will be heading back down the Central Queensland coast to Hervey Bay and Bundaberg.

For more information and great photos do check out the RAAF Balloon Facebook page at:

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