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Caquot Type R Observation Balloon
DAYTON, Ohio -- The Caquot Type R Observation Balloon was removed from the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force’s Early Years Gallery on Nov. 4, 2020, in order to further examine and evaluate its current condition. Tethered balloons allowed World War I observers to see as far as 40 miles behind enemy lines to spot troop movements, chart trench systems and direct artillery fire. Manufactured in 1944, this balloon is believed to be the only survivor. The British used it for parachute testing and noncombat aerial observation and photography until 1960. (U.S. Air Force photo)

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Please note Springfield Street, the road that leads to the museum’s entrance, is undergoing construction through the beginning of September. Expect lane reductions and some delays. Please follow the signs and instructions provided by the road crews.