Definition of captive balloon in US English:

captive balloon


  • A lighter-than-air balloon secured by a rope to the ground, used to carry radar equipment or for parachute jumps.

    • ‘Unfortunately, their early efforts were blighted by the stresses and strains of operating captive balloons in the field, especially when these had to be inflated from a gas main and then towed around the countryside in a fully inflated condition.’
    • ‘He had to run the gauntlet of the fire directed from a captive balloon, as well as from the ground, in order to attack his objective.’
    • ‘The captive balloon, ostrich farm, and Chinese Village are on the left.’
    • ‘In the American Civil War and World War I, captive balloons were used to observe troop movements and to direct gunfire.’
    • ‘The highlight was the finish, the Prince of Wales feathers followed by the captive balloon, and then it was back home to gooseberry pie and new potatoes in June.’
    • ‘During the Universal Exhibition of 1878, Henri Giffard gave the world's first flights on board a captive balloon in the garden of the Tuileries.’
    • ‘For the next few years the emphasis will be on the use of captive balloons as launchers, since they are much safer and easier to use.’
    • ‘By the late 1870s, captive balloons enabled the public to share the experience of flight by riding in the basket of a balloon tethered to the ground.’
    • ‘His first flights were in captive balloons and later in a free balloon.’
    • ‘In the distance is the Hi-Flyer captive balloon.’
    • ‘The captive balloon at the St. Louis World's Fair hoisted paying customers on short flights throughout the duration of the exposition.’
    • ‘On August 3, 1861, John La Mountain made first ascent in one of his captive balloons, secured to the stern of the Union armed transport Fanny, to observe Confederate batteries on Sewell's Point, on Chesapeake Bay, Virginia.’
    • ‘The first Cameron captive balloon was installed at the Longleat Safari park in southern England.’
    • ‘The sum of these led to the retirement of captive balloons by the world's navies.’
    • ‘In 1877 a French military engineer, Col. Charles Reynard was given the job of improving captive balloons.’
    • ‘Advertisements can include posters, placards, signs, models, captive balloons (not balloons in flight), flags, traffic signs and place name signs.’
    • ‘The second was for aerial reconnaissance by captive balloons.’
    • ‘Radio direction finders, theodolites, and radars are used to track the free and captive balloons flown over the mountain in the research studies.’
    • ‘The captive balloon is regarded as an indispensable unit to both field and sea operations.’
    • ‘They consist in photographic or video cameras operated from light planes and helicopters, hot air balloons, microlight airplanes, unmanned airplanes, kites and captive balloons or telescopic masts.’