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A History Of Balloons & Ballooning

v2.1.0 / TOC (5 chapters) / 01 nov 15 / greg goebel

* The balloon is the oldest and conceptually the simplest flying machine. It was invented over two centuries ago, and still remains in extensive use, not merely for sport but for military purposes and scientific research. This document provides a history of balloons and ballooning.

modern hot-air balloon


[1.0] Pioneering The Balloon 1783:1900

[2.0] Balloons In Peace & War 1900:1945

[3.0] Cold War Balloon Flights 1945:1965

[4.0] Modern Ballooning (1)

[5.0] Modern Ballooning (2)


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