- a balloon for the visual observation of upper-atmosphere wind currents.
Origin of pilot balloon
First recorded in 1840–50
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His white cravat was tied before in a sort of pilot-balloon, or white rosicrucian puff.
Still another device employed by meteorologists is the pilot-balloon.The Mentor: The Weather
Charles Fitzhugh Talman
- a meteorological balloon used to observe air currents
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