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Ballooning Demonstration in 1900

A ballooning event (aérostation) was an unofficial sport at 1900 Olympic Games in Paris. There were prizes in distance, duration, elevation, and target with and without stopping. In each of these events, there were three series: 1. Balloons of equal volume, handicapped in terms of ballast, 2. balloons of any volume, handicapped, 3. no handicap. The kite flying event was also part of the ballooning competition.


It is not known if there were participants from other countries - all the winners listed below are from France.

balloon competition Fig. 49. from 1900 Olympic Games Official Report - Lawn, August 19 at 3:45 pm
ballooning course Fig. 53. from 1900 Olympic Games Official Report
Ballooning contest duration and distance from 9th October 1900

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