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A88036798 - The Enterprise and the Founding of the US Balloon Corps

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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Post Editor

Entry: The Enterprise and the Founding of the US Balloon Corps - A88036798
Author: Dmitri Gheorgheni - Freshly Vaccinated - U1590784

This is sort of a documentary prequel to Star Trek....

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A88036798 - The Enterprise and the Founding of the US Balloon Corps

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SashaQ - happysad

smiley - ok

No wonder Nellie Bly fancied riding in a balloon so she could write about the experience, as her predecessors had done!

I had a few questions as I read through:

Would the link on 'namesake' be better to be changed to A706835 ?

"He'd designed an improved altimeter." - when was the previous altimeter designed?

What does Lincoln's card say? Will Lieutenant General Scott please see Professor Lowe over now about his balloon ?

"had done yeoman's service" - I'm not familiar with this phrase. Does it mean they did everything they possibly could?

Excellent concluding paragraph smiley - ok


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h2g2 Guide Editors

It might be worth mentioning that the French used a balloon, which they called an aerostat, named l'Entreprenant ('The enterprising one') at the Battle of Fleurus in 1794 – I imagine that this is highly likely to have influenced the name of this balloon? Napoleon didn't like balloons, though, so disbanded the French army's balloon corps – party pooper.

From what I have seen of 'Star Trek' and particularly on the original Enterprise, I would surmise that doing a yeoman's service involves wearing a very short skirt, flirting with the boss and occasionally passing a form to be signed.

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h2g2 Guide Editors

Oh, and it would not be until 1987 that a balloon would successfully cross the Atlantic (the capsule of which was designed by the Isle of Wight's John Ackroyd.)

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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Post Editor

Oh, lord. One at a time.

smiley - biro Changed the link.

smiley - biro Put in a footnote on altimeters, which I know nothing about.

smiley - biro I thought Lincoln's handwriting was clear. But I put in a caption.

smiley - biro 'had done yeoman's service' is a trusty old phrase (and not an Americanism) meaning 'had worked hard, tirelessly'. Probably got it the same place Star Trek got that 'yeoman' business, BB. smiley - laugh

smiley - biro I have added a whole paragraph about what an aerostat is and (probably) why he named it Enterprise. Naming ships 'Enterprise' was an old US custom even then. His other ships were called stuff like 'Intrepid', also a popular ship name. But I added more about the French.

smiley - biro I have added a bit about the 1978 voyage. I can't add anything about John Ackroyd unless you provide me some documentation. It seems likely that he was involved, though. I've been able to see that:

1. He was from the Isle of Wight, and 'sadly died' on such-and-such a date, which seems like a very Isle of Wight thing to do.

2. Worked on fast cars and fast balloons, including the Pacific ballooning record.

But I can't find where it says he designed anything for the Double Eagle II. Have you got a source? Then we can put it in. You might get better sources where you are - I keep getting dumped with references to a serial killer of the same name. Sadly.

The gondola from the Double Eagle II is called 'The Spirit of Albuquerque' and is in a Smithsonian centre at Dulles airport.


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SashaQ - happysad

Excellent - that's clarified things very well, thank you smiley - ok The image caption will be very helpful to people using screenreaders, and clarifies the 'over Mon' bit that I couldn't get, too smiley - ok


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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Post Editor

smiley - ok Excellent thought about the screenreaders.


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SashaQ - happysad

PS: Good to see <BB< is still logged in to one account, albeit not the other... smiley - tea


A88036798 - The Enterprise and the Founding of the US Balloon Corps

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Bluebottle

Although I can access this one today smiley - shrug I'm just going with whatever is working and not worrying about why.

Anyway, I should have clarified that though there had indeed been a helium balloon Atlantic crossing in 1978, John Akroyd was involved in designing the Virgin Atlantic Flyer which in 1987 became the first and only hot air balloon to cross the Atlantic, in 31 hours and 41 minutes, to become the fastest manned balloon with an average crossing speed of 97 mph.

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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Post Editor

All right. I have now written all I'm going to add about transatlantic crossings.

This wasn't about transatlantic crossings. The entry is about the Enterprise and the Civil War.


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