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Lecture: Professor Thaddeus Lowe & Civil War Aeronautics

Join Balloonist and Historian Kevin Knapp as we explore Aeronautics during the American Civil War and the life of aeronaut Thaddeus S.C. Lowe and other key members of the fledgling Balloon Corps. Mr. Knapp will also address the use of Professor Lowe's balloon which was launched from the deck of the George Washington Parke Custis, a balloon barge used during the Potomac River Blockade of 1861-62. How did these aviation marvels of the era work? What did it take to keep them operational in field conditions? These and other logistics and science questions will be answered during the presentation.

Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Avenue. For more information, call 703-792-4754.

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