Wednesday, July 27, 2005

1947: Man Pilots FUGO Balloon Bomb

FUGO Army Paper

Don Piccard Flies Japanese Paper Balloon With New Safety Valve, Aluminum Basket

New York Times
2-17-1947


     MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 16 (U.P.)-- Don Piccard,   21-year-old son of Dr. Jean Piccard, the   stratosphere explorer,Piccard Today landed  successfully
  twentyfive miles northeast of here today after a free-balloon solo flight of two hours and ten minutes to test equipment which his father and he developed.

     Mr. Piccard soared from Minneapolis at 1:15 p.m. in an aluminum basket carried by the 30-foot paper balloon which the Japanese had used to send a bomb to the west during the war. He landed at 3:25 p.m. five miles north of White Bear Minn . . ..

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