AMERICAN OBSERVATION BALLOON: A RECOVERED SEGMENT OF A SHOT DOWN US MILITARY OBSERVATION BALLOON, 27 JULY 1918 12 x 10in (30 x 25cm)

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AMERICAN OBSERVATION BALLOON: A RECOVERED SEGMENT OF A SHOT DOWN US MILITARY OBSERVATION BALLOON, 27 JULY 1918
12 x 10in (30 x 25cm)

Sold for US$ 1,000 inc. premium
AMERICAN OBSERVATION BALLOON: A RECOVERED SEGMENT OF A SHOT DOWN US MILITARY OBSERVATION BALLOON, 27 JULY 1918
Square segment of balloon with four holes punched in left side (as if filed), with typed text detailing manufacture by the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and explaining how the balloon was shot down in an engagement near Thiacourt, France on 27 July 1918, The observer, Captain Belmont and his assistant Lieutenant Thornton of the US Balloon Service successfully abandoned balloon by parachute.

A curious relic of the art of reconnaissance in World War I. The observation balloon was already over 100 years old as a tool of warfare, at the outbreak of the 1914 conflict. All sides used them primarily as a means of directing artillery fire down on gun positions or trenches. This naturally made the balloon a prime target for enemy fighter aircraft, who could easily shoot them down. Fortunately parachutes were standard issue.
12 x 10in (30 x 25cm)
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