Did you know: Balloons were used during the Civil War?
“. . .2011 will mark the 150th anniversary of the formation of Thaddeus Lowe’s Aeronautical Corp – our “first air force.” Reconnaissance balloons are to the Civil War what U-2s were to the Cold War.”
Thaddeus S. Lowe observing the battle from his balloon Intrepid.
Credits – Library of Congress
*Top photo- Photo Credits – 2001 National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution (SI Neg. No. 91-15977)