In February 1966 Teijin flew again.


After their recovery, and repairs to the balloon, in February 1966, Teijin made its first successful free flight. This was at Cargo NSW, with Peter and Brian McGee, and Cherry (Terry's wife).   Then in July 1965 at Canowindra NSW, they had another free flight. This would have been the first time a balloon ever flew at Canowindra. (Hundreds fly there now). This was a most successful flight lasting 80 minutes and reaching 3,500 feet.

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As a result, sponsors donated some large sums towards an ambitious balloon flight across Australia. The Aerostat Society decided to use Teijin, as a training balloon, and later build a second gas balloon (which would be called Teijin II), for the actual west to east crossing of Australia.