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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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