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Between the years of 1912 and 1975, Captain Eddie Allen, son of Comfort Allen, made more than 3,000 parachute jumps from
hot air balloons. His last performance was in 1975 at age 80. During that jump, while at 1,000 feet, his parachute failed
to open properly. His injuries included broken bones and internal injuries. Many honors have been bestowed upon the pioneer
balloonist who died at age 87. Some of the "Flying Allens" equipment is with the Smithsonian Museum as well as a
local museum in his hometown. He has been honored with festivals, horse races, his own "Eddie Allen Day", and by
aeronauts and astronauts from all over.
Original Patent for a Flying Machine
The Grand Ole Man of Ballooning passes away