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World War I Balloonists #249223

CBS Evening News for Monday, Oct 03, 1977
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(Studio) Satellites are used in intelligence gathering, but are not 1st spies in sky.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) [MAN - notes one Washington, DC member on roll is deceased.] Group is North American Association of Balloon Corps Veterans, men who flew balloons in WW I. They hold convention in Philadelphia and 75 attend. (Photos and films of corps in 1918 shown.) Details with regard to spy activities of corps members cited. Planes on both sides shot at balloons of enemy and if balloon hit, balloonist must get out. [Bill BARKER - cites experience of balloon being shot down.] Av. age of group is over 82; for last one there is bottle of bourbon waiting.
REPORTER: Charles Osgood

Cronkite, Walter;
Osgood, Charles

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