ON SHOW: The Royal Australian Air Force has brought a new hot air balloon into service. The unique shape of the balloon is distinctively air force, representing a fighter pilot’s helmet.
ON SHOW: The Royal Australian Air Force has brought a new hot air balloon into service. The unique shape of the balloon is distinctively air force, representing a fighter pilot’s helmet. LACW Katharine Pearson

This hot air balloon wants you to join the air force

THE Air Force has launched a $100,000 hot air balloon to garner interest in aviation.

It replaces an older balloon the Royal Australian Air Force had previously used to promote the defence forces.

Tenders issued late last year for the balloon, which was shaped as a fighter pilot's helmet, show it cost the military $100,000.

RAAF Air Marshal Leo Davies said the new balloon was aimed at inspiring "a new generation of Australians to learn about aviation and their air force".

"While hot air balloons are one of the oldest forms of aviation, they still attract a huge amount of interest," he said.

Designed and manufactured by UK-based company Cameron Balloons, the balloon required 1574 panels to create the air force fighter pilot helmet shape, with visor, oxygen mask and oxygen hose.


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