Lafayette, Ind., 1859. Credit: Bass Photo Company Collection, Indiana Historical Society
Balloon Flight Through History
From smoke ballooning to modern hot-air balloon races and Paris to Civil War battlefields, ballooning has had a history rich in change and experimentation! Explore these different eras and adventures in ballooning by clicking on the links below.
Still want to know more? Check out these links on the history of ballooning:
- The Smithsonian's 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, IA, has a good summary of the history of ballooning on their Web site.