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Hydrogen Balloons

  • Stan Holmes
  • Interview by: Jess Boydon


Having completed the, successfully,

the course for Met's assistant

which was quite comprehensive.

We had to learn all the meteorological

codes that were in use

and to learn how to launch

which we followed with a theodolite

and then from that, the

we calculated the upper winds

and these were then sent for

distribution around the country.

The hydrogen cylinders

alcove in the air-traffic building

and you had to be

onto the gas cylinder and

At night time you could

and, rather dangerously,

which enabled you to follow it in the dark

and track the balloon that way.

There were one or two accidents I think

that did occur with those;

I don't think they were very popular.

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