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Kavanagh Balloons

Kavanagh Balloons, has the distinction of being the only hot air balloon manufacturer on the Australian continent. Phil Kavanagh, founder, made his start in hot air balloon manufacturing in 1979 with  a team from Sydney University. To date, Kavanagh has built over 500 balloons.

Here's an early photograph (est. 1969) of Phil (M) with cohorts left and right. 

From research conducted, we've discovered that Phil Kavanagh's first hot air balloon was built sometime around 1969, which is when ballooning really began its worldwide popularity.  While Don Cameron  was building balloon systems

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To their credit, Kavanagh Balloons is building a myriad of systems to included; sport/fun, competition/racers, large multi-passenger/ride and special shaped hot air balloon systems (examples pictured).

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in England, Don Piccard was building systems in the United States (among many others), Kavanagh had successfully built his first hot air balloon down under (pictured below).

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