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Posted By: Mark Hageman on: 12/07/2004 12:19:44 EDT
Subject: RE: Pre-War Ballooning History

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These "New York" Connections never cease to intrigue me..

SEE:

Early Balloon Flight in the United States at:

http://scard.buffnet.net/pages/aero/pages/firstusflights.html


The above is one of the most intriguing illustrations from Civil War era Harper's Weekly I've seen. It is from an original 1864 illustration of various flying machines. The illustration includes no less than ten concepts for flying machines. One Hot Air Balloon is pictured tethered to the ground. Another is the famous Teisol system which features birds pulling the balloon along. The upper right balloon is a dirigible style system including a propeller. In the center is the Petin system which features a number of balloons connected together, holding a large observation platform aloft. People are pictured walking around the large platform. Most unusual is the Nadar system which features upward pointing propellers with no balloon at all.

Accompanying this illustration was another leaf with includes a long and interesting story on the history of ballooning and descriptions of the various systems in this illustration. ~ Can anyone find this?

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Early Balloon Flight in the United States
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