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Speaker Series | When the Balloon Goes Up

Speaker Series | When the Balloon Goes Up

Date: Saturday, Jun 24, 2023 | 11:00AM to 12:00PM
Location: Air & Space Museum
Categories: Lecture, Special Events

Join Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum for a presentation from Steve Steinberger about the armed balloons that traveled from Japan to the U.S. during World War II.

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In 1942 the Japanese military was ordered to conduct a raid on the United States Homeland in response to the Doolittle bombing on Tokyo. The Imperial Forces quickly realized they did not possess the aviation capability to conduct such a raid, so the problem was turned over to the military scientist of the infamous Noboito Laboratory. The result was an ingenious design and development of a free-floating balloon bomb. Code named FU GO, armed balloon bombs successfully traveled 6000 miles to the US Homeland, in what is known today as the Jet Stream. This presentation tells the details of that story.

Steve Steinberger

Steve is a retired Systems Engineer from Lockheed Martin and a 12 year “Air Force Missile Man” veteran. He also served for 10 years as a part time adjunct faculty professor at the University of Denver, teaching Telecommunications, Network Technology and Information Assurance classes. He is also a former Mission Pilot with the Civil Air Patrol.

This presentation will take place in the Harrison Ford Theater and is included in museum admission.

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