Collection Item Summary:
The Centaur balloon, owned by the Aero Club of America, is shown partially inflated before its race with the Orient balloon, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, October 22, 1906. Charles T. Walsh, Centaur's pilot, is identified by the number 4 in the photograph. Also in the photograph are Homer W. Hedge, president of the Aero Club of America (2), and the balloon and airship builder and pilot A. Leo Stevens (3). Unidentified men stand at the right and by the balloon basket. The Centaur's crew was Charles Walsh, Major Samuel Reber and Captain Charles de Forest Chandler.