|The Aerostats obtain a Sponsor.|
In January 1965, a fabric company in Japan offered the Society enough fabric to build a 60 ft diameter balloon. It was to be named Teijin (the company name).
When completed, Teijin was 60ft in diameter, it stood 75ft high, and had a volume of 120,000 cf. It was of ripstop polyester fabric, with a heavy aluminium and acrylic coating on the inside to retain the heat. It took 4 people just to lift the envelope.
On the 12th of Oct 1965 , Teijin had its first tethered test flight at St. Paul's Oval, University of Sydney. Several successful ascents were made, carrying up to six people. However, a drunken bystander heard somebody call out "Pull us down".He pulled a rope which opened two 84ft long zippers. These were for rapidly deflated the balloon, and virtually divided the envelope into two halves.
|Although only 10 feet up, the balloon crashed heavily, landing on Terry McCormack, breaking his shoulder and trapping him underneath. A fire broke out, burning Terry Golding. This was a serious setback, and many repairs and modifications were needed.|