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Lt. Ben Cassiday

Lt. Ben Cassiday was the first person in Hawaii to parachute from a balloon.

1920s Lt. Ben CassidayColonel Ben Cassiday (left) (then a Lt.) was a member of the Hawaiian Air Depot which was established in Honolulu, in July, 1921, under the guidance of Major John B. Brooks  as a member of the 3rd Balloon Company.  Married on October 18, 1921, “. . . three days later I made the first military parachute jump from a balloon in Hawaii, as part of a military review,” Cassiday reported.

 Excerpted from Above the Pacific by William J. Horvat, 1966


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