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Fort Omaha became the site of America's first military balloon school when the Fort was reactivated in 1916 as the Balloon Section of the American Expeditionary Force, known as the Fort Omaha Balloon School. Captain Chandler, pilot of the first 1909 flight, was named the Commanding Officer.




United States. Army. Air Service. Army Balloon School


[no year]


No donor information., Gift, unknown, XXXX-0276, not NASM


0.66 Cubic feet ((1 flatbox))


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Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Scope and Contents

This photo album consists of about 60 photographs documenting the activities and training at Fort Omaha, Nebraska, in 1918. Included are photographs of observation balloons from the 79th Balloon Company and Major Henry Rogers, Wing Commander. There are also views from the air and on the field of balloons and men, from Brook Field, San Antonio, Texas, Truax Field, Madison, Wisconsin, and Fort Omaha, Nebraska.


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Brook Field, San Antonio, Texas

Truax Field, Madison, Wisconsin

United States. Army Air Service. American Expeditionary Forces. Balloon Section

United States. Army. Air Service. 79th Balloon Company

United States. Army. Air Service. Army Balloon School -- Fort Omaha, Neb.

United States. Army. American Expeditionary Forces

Rogers, Henry

Topics Flight training
Aeronautics, Military

Archival Repository

National Air and Space Museum Archives