It could "lift two passengers in its basket, along with charting and communications equipment," according to the Air Force museum, "plus the weight of its mooring cable, to a height of [up to] 4,000 feet....During WWI, American balloon observers directed artillery fire and targets such as troop concentrations and supply dumps. They noted more than 11,000 enemy airplane sightings, 1,000 instances of military traffic on railroads and roads, and 400 artillery batteries."
A great deal of the Caquot balloons were produced for WWI.
July 22, 2013 4:00 AM PDT
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