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CAPT. HAWTHORNE GRAY: Capt. Hawthorne Gray launched in a free balloon from Scott Field and achieved an altitude of 42,470 feet. This broke the world free balloon altitude record and the altitude record for all aircraft. However, because he had to parachute to safety, the Federation Aeronautique Internationale would not certify his record because he did not land with his aircraft. He launched again from Scott Field in a third attempt to set new altitude records, to reach an altitude of 42,470 feet, but died of oxygen starvation on descent, which nullified the record.
CAPT. HAWTHORNE GRAY: Capt. Hawthorne Gray launched in a free balloon from Scott Field and achieved an altitude of 42,470 feet. This broke the world free balloon altitude record and the altitude record for all aircraft. However, because he had to parachute to safety, the Federation Aeronautique Internationale would not certify his record because he did not land with his aircraft. He launched again from Scott Field in a third attempt to set new altitude records, to reach an altitude of 42,470 feet, but died of oxygen starvation on descent, which nullified the record.

These are historical photos from Scott AFB in honor of the base celebrating its centennial.

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