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again with the aeronauts….

150 years ago today, Union Aeronaut Thaddeus Lowe reported that he left the Washington Navy Yard in the Balloon Boat George Washington Parke Custis. He said that they “were towed out by the steamer Couer de Lion, having on board competent assistant aeronauts, together with my new gas generating apparatus, which, though used for the first […]

Hot Air

Look – in the sky! It’s a bird…no….it’s a plane (no, wait, those haven’t been invented yet…) it’s John LaMountain! The resourceful yet prickly Mr. LaMountain began aerial reconnaissance from a balloon at Fortress Monroe on this day, 150 years ago. He had wanted to be the US Army’s Chief Aeronaut, but that honor went […]