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Posted by: Alexandru C. March 19, 2013 05:18 pm
On 30 September 1934 at the headquarters of the Aerostation I Flotilla (Flotila 1 Aerostatie), the Pantelimon Fort, was baptized the first dilatable balloon built at the flotilla plant. The name given was “Capitan Aerostier Vitzu Mihail” in memory of the aerostier who had the most famous activity during the WWI.
Since the WWI up to 1934 the Romanian aerostation used the Caquot type R balloon, with constant volume, which was also built in Romania since 1924.
Few technical details for the dilatable balloon:

At ground level: At 2000 m:

Circumference: 24.8 m 27.37 m
Diameter: 7.78 m 8.71 m
Volume: 900 mc 1100 mc

The information is taken from the Aeronautica 1934 magazine (the picture is similar), the article is written by C-dor. N.G. Manolescu the Commander of this flotilla, at that moment.


Posted by: cainele_franctiror March 24, 2013 03:28 pm
Vitzu was the first and the only balloonist who received Michael the Brave Order during ww1

Posted by: Alexandru C. March 28, 2013 03:58 pm
Thanks for this info! Searching on the net for Vitzu Mihail, I found that Demostene Rally also received Michael the Brave Order cls. III (during ww1).
Have you some info about this?

Posted by: cainele_franctiror April 02, 2013 04:05 pm
No, AFAIK, D Rally was only recommended, but don't received MV Order

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