Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

Free Ballooning

Several hot air balloons being launched
Description: Painting, Watercolor on Paper; by Adolf Dehn; 1943; Framed Dimensions 31H X 39W
Accession #: 88-159-CF as a Gift of Abbott Laboratories
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The balloon was the first means by which man was able to ascend into the air. It is still going strong, for a knowledge of free ballooning is part of the stock-in-trade of the Navy lighter-than-air officer. A requisite to operation of the powered non-rigid airship is an understanding of the operation of a free balloon in air currents and in descent and ascent. Many an airship officer has successfully free-ballooned his craft to safety in emergency or without engine power. Here, at a lighter-than-air base, balloons ascend among the circling non-rigid Navy blimps.

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