Biography and History

The Princeton University Balloon Club was the creation of Gordon Sadler '76, who sought to create an organization on campus that would provide students, alumni, faculty, and staff with the ability to participate in the increasingly popular activity of ballooning. The initial club members were able to raise 10,000 dollars with their own money and contributions from interested alumni, enabling the purchase of an orange and black hot air balloon dubbed "The Flying Tiger." An aluminum gondola was contributed by wealthy alumnus and ballooning enthusiast Malcolm Forbes.

Source: From the finding aid for AC281

  • Princeton University Balloon Club records. 1976-1980 (inclusive).

    Call Number: AC281

    The Princeton University Balloon Club was the creation of Gordon Sadler '76, who sought to create an organization on campus that would provide students, alumni, faculty, and staff with the ability to participate in the increasingly popular activity of ballooning. The records consist of a scrapbook documenting the existence of the Princeton University Balloon Club.