Fort Omaha Balloon School

Fort Omaha Balloon School (HM13GB)

Location: Omaha, NE 68111 Douglas County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 18.598', W 95° 57.506'

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Fort Omaha Walking Tour

Until after World War I, no other method equaled a soldier's ability to send intelligence information directly to the ground by telephone from an observation balloon.

Fort Omaha entered America's balloon and aviation history in April 1909 when the first free balloon, inflated with hydrogen gas, started a journey with Captain Charles Chandler, pilot, and Lieutenant J. Ware, passenger. They made a good landing in Iowa but lost the bag when a static discharge set it on fire.

The army soon learned successful enemy observation could only be made from a balloon controlled in flight. Therefore, free-flown balloons were discontinued and captive (stationary) balloons were developed. Several captive balloons were tested at the Fort Omaha Balloon School.
HM NumberHM13GB
Marker Number4
Placed ByMetropolitan Community College, Historical Society of Douglas County, and Nebraska Committee for the Humanities
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 11:00pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 252346 N 4577389
Decimal Degrees41.30996667, -95.95843333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 18.598', W 95° 57.506'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 18' 35.88" N, 95° 57' 30.36" W
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Area Code(s)402
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4915-5165 North Rd, Omaha NE 68111, US
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