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Federal News Radio

Sunday - 9/25/2011, 9:03am  ET

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Professor Thaddeus Lowe observing the battle from his balloon 'Intrepid.' (Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress)

WASHIGNTON - During the civil war, the Union Army Balloon Corps performed aerial reconnaissance on the Confederate Army.

Fast forward today and "the U.S. military is deploying balloons in wars zones today," says John Deperro, balloon enthusiast and Civil War reenactor with the Union Army Balloon Corps.

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