barrage balloon


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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Their courting, under the searchlights and barrage balloons over Birmingham, was done by going on a "monkey run" down Newtown Row, past the various shops including Asbury's the flower shop, Pillsbury's clothes and all things material, the second-hand shop, Barclays Bank, Arthur Lowe's fruit and veg, the Little Market, Gould's Tailors, Griffins fruit and veg, Blacks the clothes shop, The House That Jack Built, The Aston Hip opposite The Barton's Arms, which was opposite the flea pit known as The Globe, up the High Street, left into Lozells Road, along to Hamstead Road, turn left down on to Soho Hill, down to Hockley Brook and left into Farm Street and then home.
Although terrified of heights, he once spent an hour a mile up in the sky strapped to the fin of a barrage balloon taking measurements when an air raid alarm sounded.
It was the cable of the barrage balloon, which had broken free.
END OF THE LINE: the Motor Terminus at Selly Oak was snapped by Adrian Scott's father' FLYING HIGH: a barrage balloon over Broad Street celebrates Birmingham's war effort, and 1960s police motorcyclists line up in Duke Street, below
Ethel Newton holding her baby son Gordon and whoever took the photograph was very careful to include the barrage balloon in the background.
YOUR articles on Birmingham in the Blitz and the mention of the barrage balloon defence system reminded me of a remarkable event regarding one of these balloons.
There was a modicum of justice, however, when the plane became snared by a barrage balloon in Keresley and the pilot, who thought he was somewhere else entirely, was taken to hospital.
There'll be live music from the era, veteran vehicles including a World War 2 fire engine, a 15-metre barrage balloon and sand-bagging around the civic buildings.
During the Second World War the Ministry of Defence took over Highbury and used it as a barrage balloon centre.
Mr Neaverson is pictured setting up an anti-aircraft battery - complete with barrage balloon
He also once crash-landed after becoming tangled up in the cable of a barrage balloon while taking part in a dogfight.
I'm currently trying to swap them for barrage balloon size.