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The Eagle Aloft by Tom D. Crouch

Dr. Tom Crouch of the Smithsonian Institute with webmaster Lance Ferm on May 17, 2011

Two Centuries of the Balloon in America

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Jacket Cover Narrative

 

    From the moment in 1783 that word reached America of the first manned balloon ascent in France, citizens were enamored of the possibility that at last man could fly. Within one year a thirteen-year-old became the first American to rise into the sky beneath a balloon.

    During the next two centuries, Americans remained enchanted with ballooning. They turned out in huge crowds to witness the ascent of French aeronauts who toured the Republic during the first decades of the nineteenth century and they applauded the generations of native Americans who followed. Newspapers were filled with stories of the latest feats of aeronautical derring-do. The public thrilled to reports of long-distance flights, of projected ocean crossings, and to tales of lost balloonists and near disasters in the sky.

    With the coming of the airplane, public attention turned away from the adventures of ballooning, but sportsmen and scientists continued to ride the winds beneath balloons. The free balloon, now two centuries old, has retained its charm and utility in this age of lunar landings and planetary explorations.

    A comprehensive history of the balloon in the United States, The Eagle Aloft is filled with new information gathered from a variety of primary sources. Handsomely illustrated, it is fully annotated and offers a full bibliography of the subject. The crowd-pleasing exhibition balloonists of the nineteenth century, long-distance aerial voyagers, Civil War ballooning, balloon racing, and scientific ballooning are all covered in detail.

 

Chapter 1 - Flight and the Founding Fathers

Chapter 2 - The "New Born Babe" Comes to America

Chapter 3 - Jeffries and the Channel

Chapter 4 - Blanchard in America

Chapter 5 - The French Connection

Chapter 6 - The First American Aeronauts

Chapter 7 - A Golden Age Begins

Chapter 8 - The Golden Decade

Chapter 9 - Higher and Farther

Chapter 10 - To Navigate the Air

Chapter 11 - Aeroports, Aereons, and Avitors

Chapter 12 - The Civil War Aloft: Origins

Chapter 13 - The Civil War Aloft: Operations

Chapter 14 - The End of an Era

Chapter 15 - There's No Business Like Show Business

Chapter 16 - Captain Tom and Sergeant Ivy

Chapter 17 - The Sport of Kings

Chapter 18 - Racing with the Wind

Chapter 19 - Destination Stratosphere

Chapter 20 - Ballooning in the Space Age


INDEX PAGE

BEFORE THE WAR

CIVIL WAR YEARS

INVENTIONS AND INDUSTRY

NORRISTOWN PENNSYLVANIA YEARS

PASADENA CALIFORNIA YEARS

MOUNT LOWE RAILWAY

AFTER THE RAILWAY

LOWE FAMILY

BOOKS ABOUT LOWE

NEWSPAPER ARTICLES

EVENTS AND REUNIONS

ARTIFACTS AND HISTORY

ENCYCLOPEDIA BIOGRAPHY

ACCLAMATIONS AND AWARDS

LINKS TO OTHER THADDEUS LOWE WEBSITES