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Jun 18 Thaddeus Lowe's Balloon Ascent

Jun 18 Thaddeus Lowe Successfully Launches Hot Air Balloon

 

Jun 18 Thaddeus Lowe Successfully Launches Hot Air Balloon

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Year: 
1861
Month: 
june
Day: 
18
Date: 
Tue, 1861-06-18

Encouraged by Smithsonian Secretary Joseph Henry, balloonist Thaddeus S. C. Lowe makes a number of ascents from the future site of the National Air and Space Museum, and from the Smithsonian and White House grounds, to demonstrate usefulness of balloons for military reconnaissance, by using the telegraph to communicate between aerial balloons and the ground. Henry witnesses these ascents and helps Lowe become appointed to organize a balloon corps within the Union Army.