A Kite Balloon car over the Western Front, WW1
Two observers in the basket of a kite balloon pictured spotting activity on the ground below. The Kite Balloon section (often known as the balloonatics) was used by both the naval and military air service and then eventually absorbed into the newly formed Royal Air Force in 1918.
© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans
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Gates to Alexandra Palace Park and Airship pilot Dr Barton
An absolutely fascinating postcard showing the gates to Alexandra Palace Park and Airship pilot Dr Francis Alexander Barton (1861-1939), who made a successful flight on 24th July, 1905. Three years earlier he made a balloon at Alexandra Palace and on 9th August 1902, on the occasion of King Edward VII's Coronation, ascended in it from Beckenham, accompanied by a Frenchman called M. Auguste Eugine Gaudron. Packets of stamped postcards were thrown out of the car at various points. The balloon was carried over the Channel and came down in the sea just off the French coast; and Barton claimed that on that flight he was the first man in England to carry mails by air! (see also 10997539 for this card set in as an insert to another postcard!) Date: 1905
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection
Charles Green, aeronaut and balloonist
Portrait of Charles Green (1785-1870), the aeronaut and balloonist, from an original painting in the possession of Robert Holland Esq MP. Green pioneered the use of coal gas in place of hydrogen in hot air balloons.
© The Royal Aeronautical Society (National Aerospace Library)/Mary Evans
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