This Friday Australian Ballooning Federation Life Member Elsie Gedge will set another “personal best” and ABF membership record.
Elsie, born 24th January 1915, will be 99 on Friday. Congratulations to Elsie, and her family, daughter Barbara, grand children Jamie and Skye and great-grandchildren.
We wish Elsie Many Happy Returns of the day and look forward to her “Ton” in 2015. Elsie already has one telegram from the Queen - a joint ‘prize’ with her late husband Len for 60 years of marriage, and is looking forward to her second.
May she long continue to be the oldest member of the ABF! Happy Birthday Elsie from all your friends in ballooning.
The 4th of July 2014 will be a significant day for Australian ballooning. It will be the fiftieth anniversary of the first manned flight of a modern hot air balloon at Parkes NSW by Terry McCormack and the members of the Aerostat Society.
Terry’s son James has published an article in the Jan-Feb 2014 issue of Australian Geographic magazine about those early days, his feelings for his father and his recent flight in Canowindra with Phil Kavanagh.