About the Ball
``Lighter than Air...``
After World I, the future of Scott Field was uncertain. Its mission of training pilots wound down and many Airmen were demobilized. In 1921, the War Department made the decision that opened one of the most colorful chapters of Scott AFB History..
On 28 June 1921, the War Department designated Scott Field to host the U.S. Army Air Service’s balloon and airship missions, thus commencing the “Lighter-than-Air” era. Besides the “Lighter-than-Air” training school, Scott Field also housed dirigibles and balloons with the missions of observation, aerial photography, navigation, and armament. This era ended in 1937 when rapid airplane technology combined with the constraints of the Great Depression resulted in the War Department discontinuing airship and balloon operations at Scott Field.
Click on the pictures to learn more about one of the most colorful era’s in Scott AFB’s history.