Category Archives: Balloons

France’s Lost Pigeon-and-Balloon Memorial Is Well Worth Remembering

Source: Atlas Obscura – By Cara Giaimo The statue – made by the sculptor of the Statue of Liberty – paid tribute to a flock of 19th-century war heroes.

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100 Years Ago, Balloon Men Tamed the Skies Over Fritch’s Lake

Source: Akron Beacon Journal – By Mark J. Price One of the lesser-known stories of World War I is the naval invasion of Fritch’s Lake. The Suffield Township pond, named for Portage County settlers John and Mary Fritch, served … Continue reading

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The Mishaps and Milestones of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons

Source: New York Times – By Christina Caron A hippopotamus soared over the ocean. A cartoon character burst into flames after drifting into a high-tension wire. And a 60-foot cat sent a plane and its two passengers plummeting.

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Google’s internet balloons now bringing service to remote areas of Puerto Rico

Source: New York Daily News – Google’s parent Alphabet Inc. said Friday that its stratospheric balloons are now delivering the internet to remote areas of Puerto Rico where cellphone towers were knocked out by Hurricane Maria.

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Alphabet’s Project Loon gets OK to use balloons to revive Puerto Rico cell service

Source: USA Today – By Mike Snider The Federal Communications Commission has given Alphabet’s Moonshot Factory approval to deploy its Project Loon balloon-based communications system to provide cellular connectivity in hurricane-damaged Puerto Rico.

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