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    • Balloon ascension, Glenwood, Minnesota

    • 1908-07-03
    • Fourth of July celebration at the Agricultural Society grounds in Glenwood. A large crowd is assembled for a hot air balloon ascension and other recreational events.
    • Pope County Historical Society
    • Diagram of Piccard Balloon pre-flight operations, Rochester, Minnesota

    • 1937-07-06
    • The layout of pre-flight operations includes the field plan with field house, fence and track shown. Details include load ring, position of men, hydrogen cylinders, TNT caps, poles, balloons and gondola. The plan was drawn by Paul Campbell.
    • Olmsted County Historical Society
    • Dr. Jean Piccard installing a radio in his gondola, Rochester, Minnesota

    • 1937-07
    • Dr. Jean Piccard is installing a radio in the Pleiades prior to his historic balloon flight. Dr. Jean Piccard was a University of Minnesota physicist and aeronautical engineer who believed it was possible to ascend into the stratosphere using many...
    • Olmsted County Historical Society
    • Dr. Jean Piccard standing by Lincoln-Zephyr automobile, Rochester, Minnesota

    • 1937-07
    • Dr. Jean Piccard is posed by a Lincoln-Zephyr automobile. This photo was later used in an advertisement for Motor Sales & Service Company that appeared in the Rochester Post-Bulletin newspaper on July 19, 1937. Dr. Jean Piccard was a University...
    • Olmsted County Historical Society
    • Dr. Jean Piccard with his gondola Pleiades, Rochester, Minnesota

    • 1937-07
    • Professor Jean Piccard is posed by the gondola or basket he would ride in during his historic balloon ascension on July 18, 1935. In the background of this photo taken in Soldiers Field is the Rochester Dairy. Dr. Jean Piccard was a University of...
    • Olmsted County Historical Society
    • Mr. and Mrs. Mort Madden on their farm, Lansing, Iowa

    • 1937-07
    • Mr. and Mrs. Mort Madden are posed in front of their farm house where they hosted Dr. Jean Piccard after his flight ended on July 18, 1935. Dr. Piccard landed in a tree near the river bluff on their property and walked to their house. Mrs. Madden...
    • Olmsted County Historical Society
    • Piccard 80 Balloon Flight ticket, Rochester, Minnesota

    • 1937
    • Ticket number 1008 admitted one person to Soldiers Field in Rochester, Minnesota to view the preparations and balloon flight of Dr. Jean Piccard. Originally scheduled for sometime in June, the flight was delayed until July 17 - 18, 1937 when...
    • Olmsted County Historical Society
    • Piccard balloon ascension preparations, Rochester, Minnesota

    • 1937-07
    • Assistants are holding individual inflated balloons at Soldiers Field while waiting for the signal to move towards the center and join the balloons into clusters for Dr. Jean Piccard's balloon ascension in the early hours of July 18, 1937.
    • Olmsted County Historical Society
    • Piccard balloon ascension preparations, Rochester, Minnesota

    • 1937-07-17
    • Inflated balloons are being walked in from the edges of the field toward the gondola to be joined into clusters just prior to Dr. Piccard's take off. Dr. Jean Piccard was a University of Minnesota physicist and aeronautical engineer who believed...
    • Olmsted County Historical Society
    • Piccard Balloon Flight, Rochester, Minnesota

    • 1937-07-18
    • Cluster balloons have been inflated and are attached to the gondola, the Pleiades, just prior to take off from Soldier's Field in Rochester, MN. Dr. Jean Piccard was a University of Minnesota physicist and aeronautical engineer who believed it was...
    • Olmsted County Historical Society
    • Piccard Balloon inflation, Rochester, Minnesota

    • 1937-07-17
    • Assistants are inflating individual balloons with hydrogen at Soldier's Field in Rochester, MN prior to Dr. Jean's Piccard's experimental balloon ascension. Dr. Jean Piccard was a University of Minnesota physicist and aeronautical engineer who...
    • Olmsted County Historical Society
    • Piccard flight preparations, Rochester, Minnesota

    • 1935-07-17
    • Seventeen year old John Piccard, eldest son of Dr. Jean Piccard, is fastening toggles to the loading ring of his fathers gondola, Pleiades, prior to Dr. Jean Piccard's historic flight. Dr. Jean Piccard was a University of Minnesota physicist and...
    • Olmsted County Historical Society
    • Starting plan for the Pleiades, Rochester, Minnesota

    • 1937
    • Instructions for groups and individuals assisting with ground crew and balloon inflation for the Dr. Jean Piccard balloon ascension in 1937 are described I this four page document. Details of balloon construction and inflation procedures are given...
    • Olmsted County Historical Society
    • Wreckage of the Pleiades, Oltmsted County, Minnesota

    • 1937-07-18
    • A group of local sight seers and souvenir hunters are gathered around the wreckage of the Pleiades, the gondola used by Dr. Jean Piccard during his flight. The gondola quickly burned after a fire was caused by burning excelsior ignited by the TNT...
    • Olmsted County Historical Society

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