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    Default Death of a balloon or Rahn gets another kill

    I went to the Air Force Museum today and saw the collapsed
    WW1 balloon they have. In talking to some of the volunteers
    who work there it suffers from dry rot and they are currently
    looking into how to bring it down without any further damage.
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    1st picture older one before the collapse

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    Great photographs, Bill. Dry Rot is not something I would associate with a balloon. I think of it more in terms of wooden objects.

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    I guess the rubber/material combo just gives out eventually - sad to see as it's an impressive display for a visitor.
    Perhaps they should hang some mock flames above it for now !

    "He is wise who watches"

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    Sad... this is IIRC the last Caquot in the world, painstakingly conserved in the 1960s.

    One wonders if there could have been some kind of "preventative conservation" done regularly to prevent things from getting to this point... or if they shouldn't have had a replica crafted for display. IIRC many aircraft in the WWI hangar are replicas anyway...
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    What a shame........hope they can recover it, then fix it.

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    Thanks for sharing Bill. It has been a very wonderful display. I hope they can repair it. Wouldn't be the same without it.

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    ApCray. That's a real loss. Hopefully they can secure and restore it.
    Karl
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    I remember it, for sure. Let's trust to skillful hands of the restorers.

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    Sad to see it collapsed.
    I certainly looked impressive in the first photo!

    "Its a fine line indeed between going out in a Blaze of Glory or having Crashed & Burnt!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by gully_raker View Post
    Sad to see it collapsed.
    I certainly looked impressive in the first photo!
    It was even more so to stand under in person as a kid.
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    Sad news indeed. Glad I got to see it in happier days a couple of years ago. Hopefully it can be restored.

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    well, obviously rahn wasnt using incendiary rounds lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondback View Post
    It was even more so to stand under in person as a kid.
    Or even as an adult.
    Karl
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    Nearly anything can be restored by the experts, *provided* they are given the time & money. Hope some of both go towards this worthy project.



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