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A balloon recreation shows off first attempt at an air force

The National Air and Space Museum recreated a key moment in the nation's first attempt to build an air force, by inflating a balloon on the National Mall.

Tags: National Air and Space Museum , the National Mall , Thaddeus Lowe , Civil War , balloons , Smithsonian

Saturday - 06/11/2011, 02:25pm EDT