Coming Thursday November 5. Our November speaker is Kevin Knapp a retired Army officer, former professional hot air balloon pilot, board member of the Balloon Federation of America, and Civil War Balloon Corps enthusiast. He has owned and operated the modern “Army” Balloon since 1993 and shares oral and living history as Thaddeus S. C. Lowe, Chief Aeronaut, of the Army of the Potomac’s Balloon Corps. In 2006, Kevin was the co-pilot for the winning team of the America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race flying from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Citra, Florida – 1,478 miles in 60 hours and 45 minutes. Kevin operated the Command Center for Jonathan Trappe’s attempt to cross the Atlantic flying a Cluster Balloon System and provided commentary discussing Jonathan’s flight for a segment of “Weather Caught on Camera” for the Weather Channel. Kevin is a retired US Army Major (1975-2003) and he was a Special Forces Medic and team leader.
Kevin’s goal is a simple one: to share Civil War Aeronautics and to preserve and share the history of Military Ballooning during the Civil War for both the Union and Confederate Armies through our living history display and by speaking at local Civil War Roundtables or other venues.