|The ground blower was a leftover
from the Teijin era. Mounted on a trailer, it was powered by a VW
Our very first test Flight was close to being a disaster.
We decided to simply inflate the envelope with cold air.
There was no burner or gondola attached. We would inflate it, check the rigging and the shape, then pull the cap out and deflate.
The wind was light. What could go wrong?
The balloon was not suspended by any load ring, but came to a single point where we had attached a rope.
Pat Wilson,Garry Smith, Ted Lee (student) , Grahame Wilson (crouching)
The inflation went well. We let
the balloon drag us along a little before we pulled the cap out.