Edgar Allan Poe - The Balloon Hoax

Edgar Allan Poe - The Balloon Hoax
Edgar Allan Poe - The Balloon Hoax
Edgar Allan Poe - The Balloon Hoax
Edgar Allan Poe - The Balloon Hoax
Edgar Allan Poe - The Balloon Hoax
Edgar Allan Poe - The Balloon Hoax
Edgar Allan Poe - The Balloon Hoax
Edgar Allan Poe - The Balloon Hoax
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[The following story by Edgar Allan Poe appeared in the New York Sun in 1844. Although it looked like a real story, it was completely fictitious, created entirely from Poe's imagination. The story caused such excitement that a huge crowd gathered in front of the New York Sun office, all trying to buy copies of the paper. Keep in mind that no one flew anything over the Atlantic for another 75 years. Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin built the first zeppelin airship in 1900. The Wright Brothers made their first successful airplane flight in 1903. British aviators Alcock and Brown made the first nonstop airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1919. Dr. Hugo Eckener made the first transatlantic flight in a zeppelin, in 1924. Charles Lindbergh made his famous solo flight in 1927. The first non-powered, human-carrying balloon to actually cross the Atlantic Ocean was "Double Eagle II", in 1978. The balloon attained an altitude of nearly 25,000 feet, just as Poe described. The trip took 6 days.]
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