Tri-City Ledger -

By Jim Stanton
Guest Writer 

The balloon that evacuated a navy base


February 28, 2019

Parachute and instrument package from 1991

This week I'm going to be telling a little personal history as well as community history that very few people know about. The main event of this story happen back in the early nineties, 1991 I believe, and I will touch on another event that we did in 1995. Both events were accomplished by local ham radio operators from the southwest Alabama and northwest Florida area.

The first event was launching a weather balloon that went to attitude of approximately 120,000 feet. The balloon had a payload package that included video cameras, radios and other instruments for locating the package includin...

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