Thrills With New Type Balloon (Apr, 1932)

Thrills With New Type Balloon

BALLOON jumping, that spectacular and thrilling but highly dangerous sport, may receive new impetus from the successful demonstration of a new type of equipment invented by Jean Cambissa of Korfu, Greece.

The balloon, of 100 cubic meters capacity, lifts a light metal frame upon which the pilot sits while he flaps a pair of wings with his arms. These wings, together with a rudder operated by the feet, give the pilot a certain amount of control—something which was entirely lacking with the old balloon jumpers.

2 comments
  1. Githyanki says: June 2, 20084:12 am

    This picture looks “edited” to me. Like they cut and pasted different pictures together.

  2. Rick Auricchio says: June 2, 20086:06 pm

    Since humans don’t have the upper-body strength that birds have, I’m sure flapping for five minutes was the limit.

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