Aerostat Society Beginnings.

 

Terry McCormack was the founder, and first president of the Aerostat Society of Australia.

He was the main driving force, and an energetic inspiration to all. In many ways, this is his story.
He worked as a systems engineer at IBM.

 

 

In Nov 1975, near Wagga in NSW, Terry was flying in his balloon  "New Endeavour". 
   He and his passenger, were cruising low, over farming country.  It was a hot calm afternoon, when a willy-willy (whirl wind) struck.
It lifted them a few hundred feet, spinning the envelope, and causing it to collapse. The balloon crashed and burnt.

  Terry died from the impact. 
He was 36 years old, and left a wife, Cherry. Months later, their son was born. 
  His passenger  Tony Hayes, 30,  used his emergency parachute, but as they were too low, he also died.