1918: A dirigible catches fire at Fort Sill, Oklahoma
1918 - A dirigible catches fire at Fort Sill, Oklahoma
(Library of Congress)
Oklahoma’s Fort Sill - the burial place of the Native American, Geronimo - housed static kite balloons, inflated with hydrogen such as this one. The balloons were deployed for the observation of artillery attacks, and were secured with guiding cables by groups of ground staff.
Six troops were killed in the accident captured here on camera, at Henry Post Field at the Fort. The hydrogen in a balloon was ignited by a what is believed to have been a static electricity charge, created as the folds of the balloon fabric were rubbed together. Thirty more troops were injured.
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