Balloon Gondola

Date: 1918 ca.

Description: The gondola crew of a World War I observation balloon that is about to ascend. Observation balloons were positioned near the front so that men in the gondo...

Date: 1918 

Description: United States government bonds poster in the Fourth Liberty Loan "B" series. "Buy Liberty Bonds. Fourth Liberty Loan." Depicts enemy aircraft bombing New Y...

Historical Essay

Milwaukee's Maverick Aviator

Milwaukee's William Mitchell went from a court-martial for insubordination to being widely understood to be the father of the modern U.S. Air Force.

Date: 1921-07-21 

Description: One of the most important moments in the history of American aviation - the sinking of the captured German battleship "Ostfriesland" by American bombers of...


Helicopter Power

Date: 1966-02 ca.

Description: Arriving at a forward area, a U.S. Air Force CH-30 helicopter carrying a 105mm howitzer is directed in for a landing. The artillery piece, which was in a r...


Observation Balloon


Description: A World War I observation balloon held Gulliver-like by its airship company. During World War I, balloons were positioned near the front so that observers...

Date: 1908-09-12 

Description: Demonstration of the Wright Flyer.

Date: 1953-04-15 

Description: Infantry troops of the 8th Army preparing to board a Bell UH-1D helicopter of the 6th Transportation Helicopter Company for transport to the front.


Army Balloon

Date: 1904 

Description: The first dirigible purchased by the U.S. Army and its builder, Thomas A. Baldwin.

Date: 1912-05-08 

Description: License #121 issued to John Kaminski in 1912 by the Aero Club of America.


Observation Balloon

Date: 1917-08 

Description: A training ascension of a captive observation balloon. During their training, soldiers learned how to correctly estimate the effectiveness of artillery on...


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