Piccard Stratosphere Balloon Ready to Launch from Ford Airport, October 23, 1934

Summary

The Piccard stratosphere flight departed Ford Airport October 23, 1934. Spouses Jean and Jeannette Piccard ascended 10.9 miles in a metal gondola carried by a hydrogen balloon. In this image, taken before sunrise from what is likely a dirigible mooring mast, the deflated balloon and gondola await their launch. Visible in the distance is the Henry Ford Museum's clocktower.

The Piccard stratosphere flight departed Ford Airport October 23, 1934. Spouses Jean and Jeannette Piccard ascended 10.9 miles in a metal gondola carried by a hydrogen balloon. In this image, taken before sunrise from what is likely a dirigible mooring mast, the deflated balloon and gondola await their launch. Visible in the distance is the Henry Ford Museum's clocktower.

Artifact

Photographic print

Subject Date

23 October 1934

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

P.188.11598.A

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)
Linen (Material)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 7.5 in

Width: 11 in

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