11 - Lighter Than Air

(Part 1)

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France's Balloon Pioneers

1794 Enterprise
In 1794, the French Army used the hydrogen-filled ballon l'Entreprise to observe the movements of Austrian troops.

The Union Army's Balloon Corps

1861 Enterprise
Like the French almost 100 years earlier, the Union Army used a balloon named Enterprise to observe Confederate troop movements.
[Photo: National Air & Space Museum,
Smithsonian Institution

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