Story: Aerial recreation

American balloonist Leila Adair

American balloonist Leila Adair

During her 1894 tour of New Zealand, Leila Adair made a number of spectacular balloon ascents. On 26 May she launched her balloon from the Square in Palmerston North and rose to a height of 915 metres before drifting some 4–5 kilometres. Eventually she parachuted into sheep yards at Kairanga and 50 horsemen escorted her back to the Square. There she received an ovation from the waiting crowd. This photograph montage includes images of her Palmerston North ascent.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Aerial recreation - Ballooning', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 December 2019)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 12 Jun 2006