Up, Up, and Away!

So long as we are thinking about unique sesquicentennial events, I sure would like to see this one recreated:

Time has passed to recreate Professor Lowe’s cross country flight (or was it an oopps?) of 1861.  If you are not familiar, there are markers near Kelton, South Carolina that provide some facts.

But I was thinking more about the Professor’s June 1861 ascensions over Falls Church, Virginia.  A marker stands in Fort Taylor Park today discussing that early military flight. (And a marker at Edwards Ferry, Maryland discusses flights taken later that year to observe Leesburg, Virginia.)

Well queue up the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.  On Saturday June 11, the museum hosts “Mr. Lincoln’s Air Force” at the National Mall museum site, in downtown, Washington, D.C.  Details from the web site:

In June 1861, on today’s National Mall in front of the National Air and Space Museum, Thaddeus Lowe demonstrated to President Lincoln how a gas-filled balloon could help the Union Army.  This marked the beginning of the Union Balloon Corps.  The Museum will commemorate the 150th anniversary of this event on June 11.  The day’s programs will include a balloon on the National Mall, re-enactors portraying Mr. Lowe, President Lincoln and Union soldiers, presentations about ballooning and espionage during the Civil War, and hands-on activities for all ages. The program will take place outside on the Mall and inside the Museum. Join us and find out about the thrills (and dangers) of ballooning during the War.

The event runs from 10 a.m to 3 p.m.

Don’t know if I will be able to attend, due to some schedule conflicts.  If you do happen to visit, I’d love to hear a review and see some pictures.

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