Flight Summary Non-Extensible Balloon Operations 6580th Test Squadron (Special).
Rept. for Jun 50-Oct 54.
AIR FORCE MISSILE DEVELOPMENT CENTER HOLLOMAN AFB NM
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The first plastic balloon was flown at Holloman Air Force Base on 3 July 1947 by an Air Materiel Command contractor, New York University. There was considerable plastic balloon activity by this same University and General Mills, Incorporated, during 1948 and 1949 at Holloman Air Force Base. In 1949, Air Force personnel from Holloman Air Force Base first organized the present Balloon Unit. Flights were made with clusters of neoprene balloons during that year to study atmospheric composition and diffusion at high altitudes. At the time that HAFB Number 1 was flown, the Balloon Unit was under Electronic and Atmospheric, Holloman Air Force Base. Since that time the same organization has been called Research Test Branch and is now the 6580th Test Squadron Special. This report contains data concerning balloon test flight data and equipment.
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