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.


  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.

  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.

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

  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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