Thomas Harris (balloonist)

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Death of Harris (1824) , depicted on a trading card from the end of the 19th century;
ed. by Romanet & Cie., Paris 1895

Thomas Harris († May 25, 1824 in Vauxhall , London) was an English balloon flight pioneer . He developed the travel valve , through which gas can be released from the balloon in order to control the altitude and improve landing.

Harris was a lieutenant in the Royal Navy . During a flight on the day of his death, there was an uncontrollable gas leak that led to the balloon crashing. Harris was found dead on the floor of the balloon basket, his eighteen-year-old companion Sophia Stocks survived seriously injured.

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Individual evidence

  1. cf. en: Lieutenant (navy)
  2. Richard Holmes: “La Mort de Harris,” Croydon, 1824. In: 10 Bizarre Moments In Ballooning History. The Huffington Post , October 29, 2013.
  3. AEROSTATION. — DEATH OF MR. HARRIS. In: The London Literary Gazette, and Journal of Belles Lettres, Arts, Sciences, & c. No. 358. London June 5, 1824, p. 362 (English, full text in Google Book Search [accessed September 3, 2016]).
  4. Jane Stock to the Grahams. In: Mark Davies: King of All Balloons: The Adventurous Life of James Sadler, The First English Aeronaut. Amberley Publishing Limited, 2015, Appendix 9. ISBN 978-1-445-65309-9 .