Looks early to me. I was guessing 20's or so. Did not know the Marines had balloons at that time. Anyone have a better feel for time period? Thanks.
USMC Balloon. Any idea of time period?
Posted 16 May 2018 - 09:00 AM
Posted 16 May 2018 - 09:20 AM
I really cannot make out if there are any fins on the reverse of it. Either this is more of an observation balloon/blimp or it was still under construction....
Posted 16 May 2018 - 09:55 AM
I would say 1920s observation balloon with a Mack truck out front.
Posted 16 May 2018 - 10:03 AM
Or is it a Latil winch truck?
If the fin is under the balloon it could be French?
The truck looks like it has a winch on the back.
Edited by manayunkman, 16 May 2018 - 10:06 AM.
Posted 16 May 2018 - 10:09 AM
Thanks to all for the image enhancements and the comments.
Steve, thanks also for the article. I did not know Marines used balloons that early.
Posted 16 May 2018 - 10:29 AM
A few years ago I bought a China Marines grouping from the family. Documents and photos were not only of him in China guarding buildings, etc. but also when he was assigned with other Marines to Lakehurst N.J..working with balloons including a famous one, Richard
Posted 16 May 2018 - 11:01 AM
Due to its relatively small size and lack of upper fin, I wonder if it might be a fixed cable barrage balloon, rather than a airship or tethered observation balloon? Seems like it's positioned in an ideal spot to quickly throw up an obstacle to protect their camp from aerial assault?
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