Ed Yost

Ed Yost

Paul Edward Yost (June 30, 1919 – May 27, 2007) was the American inventor of the modern hot air balloon and is referred to as the "Father of the Modern Day Hot-Air Balloon." He worked for a high altitude research division of General Mills when he helped establish Raven Industries in 1956.

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Ed Yost - Aviator
... In October 1955, Yost developed and flew the first prototype of the modern hot air balloon in a tethered flight ... flight uncovered conceptual flaws that Yost worked to overcome ... On October 22, 1960, Yost made the first-ever free flight of a modern hot air balloon from Bruning, Nebraska ...