"How would you like to own your own hand-power jitney balloon -- to spend your Saturday afternoons joy-riding in the sky, up a thousand feet or so, swinging beneath the round belly of a small gas-filled bag and traveling anywhere you can induce the playful breezes to take you?"
We've covered a lot of fantastic pastimes over the years, but we'd be hard-pressed to find a sentence more delightful than that one in our archives. Unlike manning hot air balloons, riding a "jumping sky jitney" didn't require you to regulate the gas or unload the ballasts. By tugging a pulley, you'd whirl the propeller in charge of producing the proper five-pound upward and downward thrust. During its testing phase, the jumping balloon could fly for six hours at a time, jump 150 feet in one go, and maintain an altitude of 1000 feet for 40 minutes. If they were feeling courageous, ballooning students could even rope their craft together for group excursions.
Read the full story in "The Jumping Balloon -- Thrilling New Sky Sport"