World War I Balloonists Training Material from Arcadia, Ca. Fort Ross U.S. Ballooning Training School
Arcadia, CA: U. S. Government Printing Office, 0. Hardcover. In 1909 the United States Army set up a training reservation in Omaha, NE to train pilots (aviation) and balloonists (observation / signal corp. ) to begin utilizing the newest technological advances in flight in aid of the military. The facility in Nebraska had some unfortunate drawbacks - mostly weather related and after several years, other training facilities were opened, first in Texas, and then, as war beckoned, a facility in Southern California was opened just outside of Arcadia, CA. This facility became known as Ross field and was established June 3rd, 1918. Called the Army Balloon School (at least for a time) the first group of instructors transferred from Texas later in June. The school at some point included both instruction in ballooning (for aerial observation / signal corp. ) but also a section of artillery instruction so that the two sections who would be working in concert in Europe would have some time to train together. The balloonists were to be map-makers, observers of battle formations of the opposition, and help the artillery aim mortars and readjust as needed. This group of ephemera comes from one cadet - Llewellyn Peck, who arrived at the Balloon school within a month or so of the instructors (some papers show dates of July and august 1918) , and goes through at least November 1918. There are also papers, lectures and ephemeral items from 1923-1924 when the balloonist became a Reserve Officer out of the San Francisco Bay area (his home was in Saratoga, CA). This archive represents a unique view of what was involved with making a cadet into a U. S. Army Air Corps Balloonist. 1.) panorama photograph of the HQ Co. Balloon School, Arcadia, CA 19182.) Handwritten personal notes for study of Engines (internal Combustion Engines. 3.) Instruction worksheets with notations - cover reads Abreviation, but inside includes, information on guns, map symbols, firing, and much more. Includes a Laid-in Department of Observation sheet of Code Signals4.) Instruction book: Balloon Observation and Primary Airship Training (home study for reserve Officers - May 1923 (includes photographs of Ninth Corp. Members, along with several photographs of Airships). 5.) folded cardstock Identity Card information (unused) 6.) Group of instruction sheets (not held together by any fastener, but grouped by being folded together ) for study of Panoramic Drawin 7.) Booklet - Panoramic Perspective: Nine Lectures (No. 113) 8. Large sized monochrome map of the Western Section of U. S. Army Balloon School (apparently drawn by LT. Hahlbeck 8,2,1918) 9.) Large sized monochrome Map of U. S. Balloon School 1/20,000 scale-Drawn by LT. Hahlbeck, 8,5,1918) 10.) Marine Corps Score Book (A Rifleman's Instructor) by Capt. William C. Harllee 1912 - Includes owner's name but the score cards are unused. 11.) University Blue Series Note Book filled with notations for several areas of study, including perspective, maps, two pages of cartographic symbols and their meanings, Artillery Materiel, photography, and more, dated variously in 1918.12.) Thirty Vertical panoramic sheets with hand drawings (looks like either practice while in the balloon, or test pages of various aspects of the panoramic views. 13.) long, oblong sheet panoramic drawing done by the cadet done on some sort of scratch paper. (Peck) 14.) A long, oblong panoramic view done by the cadet on onion skin paper (he received a 70 grade - marked down from 85) 15.) Very large Observation ( with colors added by hand ) Map U. S. Army Balloon School 1/20,000 scale, drawn by the Engineering Dept. Of the Balloon School (Traced by PVT. Don B. Chase, checked by Cpl L. C. Mason, Officer in Charge, Lt. H. C. Hahlbeck) dated 12-12-1918.16.) Book of Meteorology study - includes handwritten and printed sheets. 17.) Booklet : The Hythergraph: An instrument for Recording Humidity and Temperature… by Dr. Ford A. Carmpenter. 192418.) Oversized printed sheets in a plain paper with brad: Balloon Observation and Primary Airship Training (Lecture 12, for reserve office rs, 1923). 19.) Oversized printed sheets in plain paper with brad: Balloon Observation and Primary Airship Training (Lecture No. 16 1924) 20.) Bulletin (oversized printed sheets with staples) : Bulletin The Non-Divisional Group Orgainzed Reserves Ninth Corps Area -Feb. 1924 (Vol. 1, No. 1). 21.) Oversized printed sheets in plain paper with brad: Balloon Observation and Primary Airship Training (Lecture NO. 10, 1923). 22.) Oversized printed sheets in plain paper with brad: Balloon Observation and Primary Airship Training ( Lecture No. 15, 1924) 23.) Oversized printed sheets in plain paper with brad: Balloon Observation and Primary Airship Training (with photograph at front) (Lecture No. 21, 1924) 24.) Oversized printed sheets in plain paper with brad: Balloon Observation and Primary Airship Training with photograph (Lecture No. 17, 1924) 25.) Oversized printed sheets in plain paper with brad: Balloon Observation and Primary Airship Training (Lecture No. 14, 1923) 26.) Oversized printed sheets with brad: Balloon Observation and Primary Airship Training (laid in is a single sheet, folded once, with printing on all pages on Weather Conditions in Relation to Air Routes… (Summer Training Camp - 1924) 27.) Oversized printed sheets in plain paper with brad: Balloon Observation and Primary Airship Training with photograph (Lecture No. 13, 1923) 28.) Oversized printed sheets in plain paper with brad: Balloon Observation and Primary Airship Training (Lecture No. 11, 1923) 29.) Oversized printed sheets in plain paper with brad: Balloon Observation and Primary Airship Training with several photographs included (Lecture No. 19 & 20 bound together, 1924) 30.) Envelope from the Dept. Of Commerce with a note and attached booklet of American Aeronautical Safety Code included. 31.) Group of fifty- three pages unbound inside two plain pages - first sheet is printed, the rest hand written, all regarding the Theory of Flight and Airplanes. Dated 1918 32.) Airplane department, Stresses and Materials in Airplane Construction - this from the School of Military Aeronautics at the U. Of Berkeley. (notated throughout with handwritten notes) 33.) Two cassette tapes of reminiscences of World War I balloonists 34.) small box with three insignia pins (metal) of aviators ( wings with propellers at the center - possibly aviator signal corps? ) 35.) a group of miscellaneous single pages, orders, etc. 36.) 1918 Laird & Lee's Diary and Time-Saver - apparently with some misc. Addresses, and several pages that appear to be related to this group of items. 37.) University Blue Series Note Book - with handwritten notes about the history of balloons, includes a hand-drawn illustration of a balloon (apparently looking up from the basket). 38.) group of four cardboard distance measuring aids, two of which included the U. S. Army Balloon School name and Arcadia, CA. Printed on them. 39.) Group of eleven World War I era postcards featuring aspects of military life. 40.) Group of five photographs (3x 5) , two of them with notations on the reverse stating that they show aspects of the Balloon School. All five relate to Aviation. 41.) Two 6x 8 inch observation photographs - probably used for study (one dated to 1917) 42.) Two printed examples with photograph of Pass Target (scale 1/5000) 43.) Two printed blanks with information drawn in of Hastings Target (scale 1/5000) 44.) Printed Garvelia Target with photograph , and two printed blanks, with information hand drawn in of the same target. 45.) Three printed examples of Cross Target #2 and two printed blanks with information hand drawn of the same target. 46.) Two printed examples of Flanders Target No. 1, with photograph two printed examples of Flanders Target No. 2 with photograph, and one printed blank with hand drawings of the same target. 47.) One Printed example of Bridge Target with photograph. 48.) One printed blank of Ramona Target - filled in by hand. 49.) One Printed example of Thum Target with photograph, two Printed Blanks, filled in by hand , and a couple of small sheets of paper with handwritten notations about a number of the targets. 50.) Two printed blanks of Irwindale Target No. 1 filled in by hand, and two printed blanks of Irwindale Target No. 2 filled in by hand.. Very Good .
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