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barrage balloon

[bə′räzh bə′lün]
(ordnance)
A balloon restrained from free flight by means of a cable attaching it to the earth; used to support wires or nets as protection against air attacks.
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ON GUARD: Harold Ted Turton on barrage balloon duty at Blews Street Park on July 11, 1941.
ACLASSIC episode of wartime comedy Dad's Army sees Captain Mainwaring float off through the sky attached to a runaway barrage balloon - the giant hydrogen-filled contraptions designed to hamper the approach of bomber aircraft.
Given the size of barrage balloons - the largest contained as many as 1,600 separate components - this was a huge operation, spread across a number of the company's factories.
A BARRAGE balloons were actually designed to prevent dive bombers pinpointing targets and stop planes flying too low for the anti-aircraft guns.
Production line: Making Barrage Balloons during the Second World War at Fort Dunlop and, above, launching one in the West Midlands.
Stan recalled: "I worked at Castle Bromwich airfield, but used to travel all over Britain operating barrage balloons for paratroopers to jump off as part of their training.
Indeed, if he was really awkward he might even choose to hoist a few Second World War barrage balloons.
If a portable screen costs in the region of pounds 2m could a possible solution be to employ a few barrage balloons with a material screen connected between each balloon blocking out the sun.
She might upgrade to a pair of barrage balloons and float into obscurity.
So many bikes, so little time, from the high-tech, full suspension jobs with tyres like barrage balloons meant to carry riders down the side of a mountain, to the midget machines designed to allow lunatics and stunt men to "freeride" over park benches and along walls in public places, from traditional sit-up-and-begs (making a big comeback) and tourers with a noble history (Brum's own Dawes Galaxy being a pre-eminent example) to the lean, mean machines with drop handlebars you see being used by the pharmacology students who ride the Tour de France.
Has Miriam's Photo Casebook ever featured a couple in bed, bloated up like barrage balloons after a massive curry, with thought bubbles that read, "Terry's so considerate and hunky, but me guts are going off like a water cooler in an earthquake"?
Vice-chair of the Friends' group Sheila Adams said contractors were in talks with the council over tree roots * THREE large concrete cubes on the park footpath near Coat Of Arms Bridge Road - used to secure barrage balloons and anti-aircraft guns in the Second World War - will create "an outdoor learning space" for children.