New Haven, CT – August 17, 1907

New Haven, Connecticut – August 17, 1907



    balloon On August 17, 1907, an aeronaut identified only as T. French, an American, ascended to the height of a  half-mile (About 2,600 feet.) in his balloon and dropped using a parachute.  The parachute failed to open and he was killed.  No further details were given, and the news story was carried by the United Press Association to papers around the world.  

Updated August 8, 2016

     According to a New York Times article dated August 18, 1907, the man’s name was Theodore French, age 19, son of Robert French, the Chief of police in New Haven.  The accident was reported to have occurred at Savin Rock.    


     (A London England Newspaper) The Age, “Aeronaut Killed – Parachute Fails To Open” August 21, 1907

     Taranaki Herald, “Aeronaut Killed – Failure Of A Parachute”, August 20, 1907

     Evening Post, “Dashed To Pieces – Fate Of Aeronaut”, August 20, 1907, Page 7

     New York Times, “Half-Mile Fall From Sky Kills Boy”, August 18, 1907. 

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