She will repeat the route "Race of the 200th anniversary" – the competition of balloons that took place on the continent in 1988
SYDNEY, February 25th. / TASS /. The balloon race will be held in Australia in 2021. She will repeat the route "Race of the 200th anniversary" – aerostat competitions that took place on the continent more than 30 years ago, said the director of the upcoming event, Ruth Wilson.
The balloon race took place in Australia in 1988 in honor of the 200th anniversary of the landing of the first British colonists on the continent. Then 78 crews crossed the central part of the mainland, having traveled from the city of Perth to Sydney in 16 days with stops in Kalgoorlie, Kimba, the Barossa Valley, Mildur and Broken Hill. "Next year we plan to hold a race on sharler and hot air balloons. We will repeat the 1988 route with a start in Perth and a finish in Sydney," said Wilson.
The organizers are still clarifying the route, identifying the stopping places where the crews will have a rest and built fuel refueling stations. "We want the crews of balloons to strive to go the route as quickly as possible <…>, but at the same time, of course, we strive to make the event as safe and spectacular as possible," Wilson explained in an interview with ABC Perth radio station .
During the first "200th Anniversary Race" the main task of the crews was to visit all points of the route. In each of them they were supposed to mark themselves by throwing a special bag of sand into a target painted on the ground. This year, the organizers will offer participants more modern ways to check in on the route using a GPS navigator and satellite communications. However, it is expected that the main elements of the event will be stops in small cities in the central part of the continent, where the arrival of balloons will be a real holiday. "We hope that [the upcoming race] will be the highlight of the year and will draw a lot of attention to our country," Wilson added.
Charlier – a balloon filled with hydrogen, helium or other gases lighter than air. Named after the French scientist and inventor Jacques Alexander Cesar Charles. He made his first flight on August 27, 1783 with a confluence of 300 thousand spectators on the Champ de Mars in Paris.
Hot air balloon – a hot air balloon with a shell filled with heated air. The apparatus was invented by the brothers Joseph-Michel and Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier, by whose name he was named. The first flight made in the city of Annone (France) on June 5, 1783.