Looking up into
the mouth of the filling balloon. The 18ft diameter
closed cap can be seen at the very top.
main rigging from the balloon led down to a single shackle.
This shackle was lashed by a rope to two intersecting steel posts
driven into the ground. (obscured here).
The balloon was
designed as a "show" balloon.
It needed to be simple to launch. Unlike HA balloons today, the burner
was not part of the gondola. It had its own suspension harness. As the
balloon swayed about in the wind, the single point suspension evened
out the stresses on the balloon, and required little effort from