Bordertown Primary School students were visited by members of the Royal Australian Air Force this morning.
The main attraction of the day was the Air Force Balloon which had students intrigued.
Hot air balloons are one of the earliest forms of aviation – they were even used for surveillance during World War I.
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.
Unfortunately due to inclement weather conditions, the balloon was unable to fly or be blown up for the students.
However Sam Wright, D Flight Commander from the RAAF was able to give students an overview of how the balloon works and what it is used for.
Students were then lucky enough to be invited into the wicker basket to try out the burner.
While some of the students were a little tentative to begin with, they soon overcame that fear when they saw other classmates joining in on the fun.
The balloons can launch from small open spaces, such as school ovals, which makes them a regular visitor to schools around Australia.
The RAAF are currently touring through regional South Australia with their balloon to visit people and places who wouldn’t necessarily have access to defense mechanisms.
“It’s a good opportunity for people to come out and see what we are all about and gives us the chance to promote the RAAF to the community,” said D Flight Commander Sam Wright.