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the horseback ascent of Pierre Testu-Brissy, Bellevue Park, Paris, October 16th 1798 (via)

the horseback ascent of Pierre Testu-Brissy, Bellevue Park, Paris, October 16th 1798 (via)

"During the ascent in a balloon with the brothers Tissandier. Before a balloon: Group of men around the basket, holding ropes and sandbags” (1886, via)

"During the ascent in a balloon with the brothers Tissandier. Before a balloon: Group of men around the basket, holding ropes and sandbags” (1886, via)

"View of Carl Myers’ "Balloon Farm,” circa 1892” (via)

"View of Carl Myers’ "Balloon Farm,” circa 1892” (via)

Nov 5
“Space suit for stratospheric balloon. Spain, 1935.” (via, spotted on Dieselpunks)

Space suit for stratospheric balloon. Spain, 1935.” (via, spotted on Dieselpunks)

"Model of the balloon which was executed for the coronation of Napoleon in 1804" (via, see also)

"STANDING LIKE STATELY SENTINELS AROUND THE PORTALS OF HEAVEN"

A engraving from “Through The Air, A narrative of Forty Years Experience as an Aeronaut”, by John Wise, 1873 (via)

"STANDING LIKE STATELY SENTINELS AROUND THE PORTALS OF HEAVEN"

A engraving from “Through The Air, A narrative of Forty Years Experience as an Aeronaut”, by John Wise, 1873 (via)

sunday fantasy #373: Five Weeks in a Balloon (via)

sunday fantasy #373: Five Weeks in a Balloon (via)

Jan 4
The Andrée Expedition to the North Pole, 1897

The final journal entry of S A Andrée:
“…the middle of the night…shadows on the glacier…the flaming
outside…not of innocent white doves…carrion birds…bad weather, we fear…to
escape…out to sea…crash…grating…driftwood…”
The three stranded explorers spent over two months on the pack ice, arriving on Kvitøya (White Island) in the first week of October. This was to be their final destination. Their makeshift camp was discovered by a Norwegian expedition in 1930, and the remains of all three explorers - along with their journals and photographic film - were recovered. 
(Extract via, photo via)

The Andrée Expedition to the North Pole, 1897

The final journal entry of S A Andrée:

“…the middle of the night…shadows on the glacier…the flaming outside…not of innocent white doves…carrion birds…bad weather, we fear…to escape…out to sea…crash…grating…driftwood…”
The three stranded explorers spent over two months on the pack ice, arriving on Kvitøya (White Island) in the first week of October. This was to be their final destination. Their makeshift camp was discovered by a Norwegian expedition in 1930, and the remains of all three explorers - along with their journals and photographic film - were recovered.

(Extract via, photo via)
Jan 4
The Andrée Expedition to the North Pole, 1897

From the journal of S A Andrée:

“Fog still intense. Everything is dripping. We have not had any sleep or been permitted any rest from the repeated slamming against the ice. We probably cannot stand it much longer.

The balloon sways, twists, and rises and sinks incessantly. It wishes to be off but cannot. The rattling of the guidelines and the flapping of the sales are the only sounds heard. No bird is seen or heard and so I suppose there is no land near.

Monotonous touch new touch another touch… The balloon rose to a great height but we opened both valves and at six-twenty-nine we were down again.

We jumped out of the balloon. Worn out and famished but determined to set out from the point where we now are. On foot.”

After 65 hours in the air, the Örnen finally succumbed to heavy winds and ice, and was brought down on pack ice, almost 300 miles from where they started from. The explorers camped here for a week, and then had to make a decision in which direction to set off on foot to find supplies: South back to Spitsbergen, or East to Franz Josef Land..
(Extract via, photo via)

The Andrée Expedition to the North Pole, 1897

From the journal of S A Andrée:

“Fog still intense. Everything is dripping. We have not had any sleep or been permitted any rest from the repeated slamming against the ice. We probably cannot stand it much longer.

The balloon sways, twists, and rises and sinks incessantly. It wishes to be off but cannot. The rattling of the guidelines and the flapping of the sales are the only sounds heard. No bird is seen or heard and so I suppose there is no land near.

Monotonous touch new touch another touch… The balloon rose to a great height but we opened both valves and at six-twenty-nine we were down again.

We jumped out of the balloon. Worn out and famished but determined to set out from the point where we now are. On foot.”
After 65 hours in the air, the Örnen finally succumbed to heavy winds and ice, and was brought down on pack ice, almost 300 miles from where they started from. The explorers camped here for a week, and then had to make a decision in which direction to set off on foot to find supplies: South back to Spitsbergen, or East to Franz Josef Land..

(Extract via, photo via)
Jan 4
The Andrée Expedition to the North Pole

From the journal of S A Andree:

“It is not a little strange to be floating here, floating here above the Polar Sea. To be the first that have floated here, floated here in a balloon. I cannot deny that all three of us are dominated by a feeling of pride. We think we can well face death, having done what we have done.

Isn’t it all, perhaps, the expression of an extremely strong sense of individuality which cannot bear the thought of living and dying like a man in the ranks, forgotten by coming generations? Is this ambition?

Dispatch, July eleven, eighteen-ninety-seven. Four carrier pigeons sent off. We are now in over the ice which is much divided in every direction.
Weather magnificent. Best of humour. ANDRÉE.STRINDBERG.FRÆNKEL.”

The balloon contained 36 homing pigeons. Only one ever made it back to civilisation (info here and here - two of the best articles to be found on-line)
(Extract via, photo via)

The Andrée Expedition to the North Pole

From the journal of S A Andree:

“It is not a little strange to be floating here, floating here above the Polar Sea. To be the first that have floated here, floated here in a balloon. I cannot deny that all three of us are dominated by a feeling of pride. We think we can well face death, having done what we have done.

Isn’t it all, perhaps, the expression of an extremely strong sense of individuality which cannot bear the thought of living and dying like a man in the ranks, forgotten by coming generations? Is this ambition?

Dispatch, July eleven, eighteen-ninety-seven. Four carrier pigeons sent off. We are now in over the ice which is much divided in every direction. Weather magnificent. Best of humour. ANDRÉE.STRINDBERG.FRÆNKEL.”
The balloon contained 36 homing pigeons. Only one ever made it back to civilisation (info here and here - two of the best articles to be found on-line)

(Extract via, photo via)
Jan 4
The Andrée Expedition to the North Pole

From the journal of Nils Strinberg. A letter to his fiancée, describing the launch of the balloon:

"Dearest Anna,

It was grand when at last it was determined that we should start. Andrée asked us: ‘Well, shall we try it or not?’ Frænkel at first answered evasively, but then said we should. I answered ‘I think we ought to try it.’ Andrée was serious and said nothing.

Now my thoughts turn to you and to my parents and friends at home. How would the journey succeed? And how fast my thoughts came!

‘Cut away everywhere!’ comes Andrée’s voice. Three knives cut the three lines and the balloon rises amid the cheers of those below. A peculiar sensation, wonderful, indescribable! We still hear the hurrahs at a distance. And then: silent and still.

At seven o’clock mists begin. Andrée goes to his berth to rest. A black bird circles a moment in the distance then disappears in the fog. The sun has gone. Good night!”

The Örnen was fitted with three drag-ropes, that Andrée hoped would act as a form of rudder when they came in contact with the ground below. These were lost shortly after the balloon ascended…

(Extract via, photo via)

The Andrée Expedition to the North Pole

From the journal of Nils Strinberg. A letter to his fiancée, describing the launch of the balloon:

"Dearest Anna,

It was grand when at last it was determined that we should start. Andrée asked us: ‘Well, shall we try it or not?’ Frænkel at first answered evasively, but then said we should. I answered ‘I think we ought to try it.’ Andrée was serious and said nothing.

Now my thoughts turn to you and to my parents and friends at home. How would the journey succeed? And how fast my thoughts came!

‘Cut away everywhere!’ comes Andrée’s voice. Three knives cut the three lines and the balloon rises amid the cheers of those below. A peculiar sensation, wonderful, indescribable! We still hear the hurrahs at a distance. And then: silent and still.

At seven o’clock mists begin. Andrée goes to his berth to rest. A black bird circles a moment in the distance then disappears in the fog. The sun has gone. Good night!”

The Örnen was fitted with three drag-ropes, that Andrée hoped would act as a form of rudder when they came in contact with the ground below. These were lost shortly after the balloon ascended…

(Extract via, photo via)
Jan 4
On July 11th 1897, the Swedish aeronaut Salomon August Andrée (seated above) lead an expedition to reach the North Pole by hydrogen balloon.

Along with his companions - photographer Knut Fraenkel and engineer Nils Strindberg (to his right and further right respectively - Andrée’s balloon - The Örnen (Eagle) ascended from a specially built base on Danskøn (“Danes Island”, in the Svalbard archipelago). The balloon quickly disappeared from view. And forever.

The bodies of the three explorers were discovered 33 years later, along with their journals and photographic negatives. 

The photographs can be viewed here, and a fascinating article about the “archaeology” of them can be found here

Although the full contents of Andrée and Strindberg’s journal writings have never been released by the Swedish government, apparently genuine portions of entries were adapted into a song cycle by the composer Dominick Argento. A fascinating analysis of this can be found here.

Some extracts follow.


(photo via the Grenna/Andrée Museum)

On July 11th 1897, the Swedish aeronaut Salomon August Andrée (seated above) lead an expedition to reach the North Pole by hydrogen balloon.

Along with his companions - photographer Knut Fraenkel and engineer Nils Strindberg (to his right and further right respectively - Andrée’s balloon - The Örnen (Eagle) ascended from a specially built base on Danskøn (“Danes Island”, in the Svalbard archipelago). The balloon quickly disappeared from view. And forever.

The bodies of the three explorers were discovered 33 years later, along with their journals and photographic negatives.

The photographs can be viewed here, and a fascinating article about the “archaeology” of them can be found here

Although the full contents of Andrée and Strindberg’s journal writings have never been released by the Swedish government, apparently genuine portions of entries were adapted into a song cycle by the composer Dominick Argento. A fascinating analysis of this can be found here.

Some extracts follow.


(photo via the Grenna/Andrée Museum)

Nov 4
"The pilot German parachutist Conrad testing a new parachute: [photography of press]/World Agency" (translated, via)

"The pilot German parachutist Conrad testing a new parachute: [photography of press]/World Agency" (translated, via)

"American balloonist Donald Piccard making the world’s first manned flight in a plastic multicylinder balloon, or high-altitude balloon cluster, Sept. 1, 1957."
Ted Russell—Time Life Pictures/Getty Images
(via)

"American balloonist Donald Piccard making the world’s first manned flight in a plastic multicylinder balloon, or high-altitude balloon cluster, Sept. 1, 1957."
Ted Russell—Time Life Pictures/Getty Images
(via)

Jean Piccard’s stratospheric cluster balloon "Enterprise" “Pleiades”, Soldier’s Field, Rochester, July 1937

(suggested by the always reliable Paul Dunlop, cheers)

Jean Piccard’s stratospheric cluster balloon "Enterprise" “Pleiades”, Soldier’s Field, Rochester, July 1937

(suggested by the always reliable Paul Dunlop, cheers)