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barrage balloon


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A balloon anchored singly or in a series over a military objective, formerly used to support nets that hindered the passage of low-flying enemy aircraft.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A tethered balloon, attached to the ground with a metal cable, intended to deter low-flying enemy aircraft; used especially in World War II.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an elongated tethered balloon or blimp with cables or net suspended from it to deter enemy planes that are flying low


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  • Bringing down planes with aerostats.

    August 14, 2009

  • The one in the photo captioned "Early World War I British Barrage Balloon" looks like an escapee from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.

    August 14, 2009

  • I love the idea of barrage balloons. It's the soft bumbling blimpish innocence of the aerostat frustrating the mechanised angularity of the warplanes.

    August 14, 2009