Balloon Launches from Fleming Field

Fleming Field is a small airfield located in the city of South Saint Paul and managed by local government. Located less than 10 minutes from Saint Paul, now has a paved runway of 4002 feet.

Over the decade of 1950 and 1960 that airport was the main launch center for Winzen Research Inc. One of the most important companies devoted to the construction and operation of stratospheric balloons. The proximity to their headquarters in Minneapolis, made the ideal place for testing of new balloon models, as well as for technological flights and a number of scientific experiments.

In 1957, Fleming Field was the site chosen to launch the first manned flight of the MANHIGH program of the Air Force, commanded by Lieutenant Joseph Kittinger. According to our records the latest balloons flights from there dating from the mid 60’s.

Links covering the MANHIGH PROJECT:
PROJECT MANHIGH – PBS VIDEO
MANHIGH I — (KITTINGER)
MANHIGH II – (SIMONS)
MANHIGH III – (MCCLURE)
STRATOSPHERIC BALLOON LAUNCH (6/2/1957)
STRATOSPHERIC BALLOON Launches from Fleming Field