French soldiers prepare an observation balloon for flight and launch it during World War I.
France Date:1916 Duration:1 min 40 sec Sound:NO SOUND
French soldiers unroll the fabric of an observation balloon in a clearing in a wood, during World War 1. They stretch it out flat in all directions. Scene shifts to a soldier sitting in a depot surrounded by stacks of compressed gas cylinders. He connects a cylinder to a fabric duct directing gas to the balloon. Soldiers monitor and adjust the balloon fabric as it expands. The next scene shows many soldiers surrounding the balloon as it expands to almost full size. They hold tether lines to keep the balloon from escaping, as they walk it to a launching location. Next sequence shows the balloon rising with observers in two separate gondolas suspended below the gas bag. View from one of the gondolas, looking toward the ground. (WWI. WW1)
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