Saturday, June 27, 2015

Balloon Flight



This week we will look at some of the early days of flight. I love this picture from 1911, showing a balloonist. I do not see any signs of a burner onboard, so will assume that this was a helium or hydrogen filled balloon. In any event, it really looks like an exciting scene. The balloonist is Albert Leo Stevens.

4 comments:

  1. I always throw my American history classes for a loop when I ask them who they think was the first President to ride in an aircraft.

    It was Geo. Washington.

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  2. Hello from Belgium, your blog is very interesting. This photo is a great moment in time, how exciting this flight must have been for the balloonist! Looking forward to more of your collection.

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  3. He certainly seems to be taking things seriously. I'd love to know what thoughts were going through his mind!

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  4. I'm looking forward to this week! It reminds me of a conversation with my grandfather in his old age. He lived from 1878-1975, and was very interested in the history of flight. He remembered it all, from the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk to the astronauts landing on the moon. He'd even been a bush pilot in Alaska in the 1920s for a short time. I think my grandmother looked like that balloonist with anxiety every time he flew, so she made him hire someone else as the pilot.

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