Flying above the battlefield, in the 1800’s

The study of meteorology crosses several disciplines. And through the years, many military applications have developed from scientific research. One of the most intriguing examples is the Union Army Balloon Corps in the 1800’s. Formed shortly after a formal meeting between professor Thaddeus Lowe and President Abraham Lincoln, the Balloon Corps made use of tethered balloons to spy on Confederate Army positions during the Civil War. After a successful series of test maneuvers during early engagements in August & September of 1861, the program expanded to include a total of 7 balloons- the “Intrepid”, the “Constitution”, the “United States”, the…