A Japanese War Weapon and Don Piccard’s Famous Flight

Seventy years ago, Donald Piccard, barely 21, modified the envelope of a Japanese balloon bomb for a balloon flight over Minneapolis and earned the nation’s first Free Balloon Pilot Certificate. The student pilot flew solo for two hours and 10 minutes in a paper and hydrogen balloon for the first time, creating history and reactivating the sport of ballooning in the United States. But the balloon that he flew also brought to light another interesting story–this one from its prior service as a Japanese balloon bomb!

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Balloon Fleet for Channel Crossing on “GREEN” for April 7th

It’s “GREEN” for the hundred hot air balloon pilots who have been oscillating between “standby” and “amber alerts” since 5th March, in anticipation of favorable weather to cross the English Channel..
Datum RPO, is backing the project and will lead the fleet. Organized by leading aerial marketing specialist Exclusive Ballooning, this mass crossing is set for a Guinness World Record, and will smash the existing world record set in 2011, which had 49 balloons fly across the channel. All the best from The Balloon Journal for a safe and enjoyable flight.

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Exhibition Portrays Birth-of-Flight Era

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Sophie Blanchard, became a celebrated balloonist and aeronautical entertainer drawing huge crowds to her balloon-based stunts. As fearless and ambitious as her husband, the famous French ballooning pioneer Jean-Pierre Blanchard, she rode tiny flimsy scaffolds for gondolas that became her style, and she delighted in creating dazzling fireworks, while swinging perilously from the balloon.

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A Recreational Flight to Space in a Modern Balloon?

Ready for the thrill and challenge of a journey to the edge of space? All you need is $75,000 to reserve a seat and a mindset to float up to 100,000 feet under a balloon and enjoy the spectacular views. Among other magnificent panoramas, these vistas include the blackness of space, the starscape above, the curvature of the tiny blue Earth suspended in the universe, and sunrise in real-time!

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Balloon Museum Celebrates High-Flying Pioneers

A lot of the science and space research involving balloons also needed daring humans to fly to the edge of space, test instruments, and experience the effects of the dangerous near-space environment on human physiology. Some even lost their lives in their effort to contribute to our knowledge of space travel, astronomy, astrophysics, and human physiology at high altitudes.

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Pilot of Deadliest Balloon Crash in US History Knew About Bad Weather; Eight Prescription Drugs Found in System

The pilot of the hot air balloon that crashed in Lockhart, Texas, on July 30, had taken several prescription drugs that would slow reflexes and impair judgment, said experts at an NTSB hearing.They also reviewed pilot Alfred Nichols’ decision to fly when the cloud cover was at 700 feet and the forecast showed no chances of the sky clearing.

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