Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

US Army Caquot type observation balloon with ground crew and winch truck; inscribed on obverse with: "I wish you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year - F. Soupal - HO TO 98". On reverse inscribed: "San Antonio, Tex - Passed and censored?".

Collection Item Long Description:


  • Aeronautics, Military
  • Balloons, Kite
  • World War, 1914-1918

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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Circa 1917

Repository Loc.

National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division, MRC 322, Washington, DC, 20560



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