Australian Geographic's founder Dick Smith and fellow balloonist John Wallington went down in history on 18 June 1993 – beating odds that seven other attempts failed to overcome – and became the first people to fly a hot air balloon across the Australian continent. The Australian crossing had been tried by many with no luck. In the end, however, their epic adventure was a little over 40 hours. In this Roziere-type helium and hot air balloon, called ‘Australian Geographic Flyer’, the well-known Australian adventurer, aviator and philanthropist, Dick Smith AO and the national balloon champion for 1988 and 1992, John Wallington, made two record-setting balloon flights.
May 21, 2016 · In the hot-air balloon world he was first to complete a non-stop crossing of the Australian continent and to pilot a balloon from New Zealand to Australia. The helicopter that Dick Smith flew around the world is now part of the Powerhouse Museum collection in Sydney. IT WAS LATE in the evening on 18 JUNE 1993 when Australian entrepreneur and adventurer Dick Smith and his balloonist John Wallington landed in a paddock just north of the village of Tabulam on the Clarence River in northern New South Wales. That thud onto the grass of a paddock would mark the first non-stop flight across the nation in a hot air balloon.
Jul 23, 2016 · Dick Smith, Fedor Konyukhov, Hot Air Balloon, This feature is not available right now. Please try again later. Apr 23, 2018 · The Pacific: General Aviation & Questions - Dick Smith - Wagga RSL Media Presentation - Thur 26th April - PUBLIC PRESENTATION BY FORMER CASA PUBLIC PRESENTATION BY FORMER CASA CHAIRMAN DICK SMITH - DAMAGE TO AUSTRALIAN AVIATION THURSDAY 26TH APRIL 2018 - 11AM to 1PM Lead Balloon. Join Date: Nov 2001.