Captive balloon of 3rd Balloon Company, 3rd Corps, being brought safely to earth after period of observation near Mallancourt, Meuse, Oct. 1, 1918. Ground crews could bring down balloon quickly when enemy planes were sighted.
REEL TRUCK AND CREW
The reel truck controls the flight of a kite balloon. It serves as an anchor when the balloon is stationed in the air, changes its location whenever it is necessary, and hauls it down when the period of observation is over.