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John Wise (balloonist)

Friday, August 17th, 2012

John Wise (24 February 1808 – 28 September 1879?) was a pioneer in the field of ballooning. He made over 400 flights during his lifetime and was responsible for several innovations in balloon design. Among the things Wise is famous for was when his balloon, The Jupiter carried 123 letters and made the first official airmail delivery run for the US Post Office in 1859.

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December 12, 1929: Langley medals go to Adm. Richard E. Byrd for his flight over both poles and posthumously to Charles M. Manly for his pioneer development of airplane engines. The Smithsonian Institution presents the medals "for especially meritorious investigations in connection with the science of aerodromics and its application to aviation." Established in 1908, the award has come to mean the greatest achievement in the science of aeronautics and astronautics.