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Conner Prairie Balloon Experience Lafayette, Ind., 1859. Credit: Bass Photo Company Collection, Indiana Historical Society

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History of Ballooning

The National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, has an extensive collection of art and photographs pertaining to the early history of ballooning. Over 400 images are available at the link below.

The National Balloon Museum in Indianola, Iowa has a good summary of the history of ballooning on their Web site.


Weather Information for Fishers, Ind.

The National Weather Service site on the NOAA Web site has the most up-to-date and reliable radar for Indiana.

The NOAA site also has a page that shows current wind speeds across the country.


Partner’s Web sites

Aerophile, the French company that manufactured and installed our tethered balloon, has been in business since 1994. They have sold and installed over 50 balloons in more than 20 countries in cities including Paris, Berlin, Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai. In 1783, the Montgolfier brothers launched the first successful manned balloon in Paris. Aerophile carries on the French ballooning tradition. Their Web site also has some interesting pictures and history of French ballooning.

The Hamilton County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau generously provided funding for 1859 Balloon Voyage. Their Web site has ideas for other exciting things to do in Hamilton County.


Indiana’s Aviation History

Lafayette and Purdue University played an important role in the history of aviation. The School of Aeronautics and Astronautics has a good overview of some of the people, events and initiatives associated with Purdue and Lafayette.

The Indiana Historian, a magazine published by the Indiana Historical Bureau, had a 1998 issue dedicated to the history of Indiana’s role in aviation. It includes a great timeline and some interesting images.


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A free online version of John Wise’s book describing ballooning methods he used and his adventures.