HerStory

Ruth Evelyn WILSON

Special Achievements:

In 1976 Ruth became the first female commercial balloon pilot in Australia, owning and operating her own balloon. 

In 1979 became Australia's first National Ballooning Champion. 

Additional Information:

It grabs me, tugs at my mind and body. I just have to be up there, the sky becomes my playground. The smell of propane in the morning awakens my senses. I open the burner tap and the flame shoots forward. All my attention and energy is focused on the inflation of the balloon and I am home. Born to fly. A privilege to find my passion in life.”

In 1999 Ruth represented Australia as a pilot competing in the prestigious Gordon Bennett Gas Balloon Race launching from Albuquerque, USA. 

Her love of extreme ballooning drew her back to pilot ‘Bernadette’ in the same gas balloon race from Bern, Switzerland in 2018. After 33 hours without sleep, little food and water Ruth landed her gas balloon in an Italian vineyard.

Her corporate work included six years as Chief Operations Officer with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Atom Optics at The Australian National University in Canberra, also Executive Director for five years for ACRN. For eighteen years Ruth managed her own PR/Media company in Sydney.

In November 2018 her first book (non-fiction) was published.

  


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