I agree with Dick Hall's posting.
The arguments surrounding balloon appearance and
behavoir in recent
postings are becoming more and more ridiculous and silly.
I have some sixteen years experience in meteorology
thousands of balloon observations of all types.
Two of the Army's mainstays were the 1000 gram
high riser and the double
balloon (balloon within a balloon), the fast riser.
sometimes appear almost brown, however when inflated and nearby
still sometimes see the brown color, but they almost appear white
expand when they ascend they look completely white or sometimes
the sun is hitting them right.
White or tanslucent balloons often appear metallic at
In Sept 1954 a large research balloon was observed
Connectiuct. Press accounted noted that some observers
reported it as
metallic, while others said it was bright white.
During the 1947 wave various balloon
configurations were reported all
over the US. Clusters, one large balloon and a number of
ringing the outside, large skyhook like balloons, etc. No
doubt, there were
a number of military and scientific research project going on for
have no accounting as yet. (A Vancouver newspaper said that
were raining down on Vancouver Island.) NYU was not the only
experimenting with large balloons. Princeton also had
various high altiude
work going on. The Navy and AAF (McCoy was later involved
working on another high altitude manned balloon flight
In Colorado private planes left a local air field and
climbed to very
high altitudes (for private pilots) until they were able to
unknown object as a very large balloon carrying an instrument
A large balloon partially deflated was also reported
near descending near
Boulder, CO during the 1947 wave.
There are also a large number of balloons reported
within the Project
Blue Book files for these early days. I suggest that some of
be consulted before people begin make generalizing about balloon