Last-minute helium donation — a "Macy's miracle" —
makes possible Civil War balloon flight
When Peter Arnold, Genesee Country Village & Museum president and CEO, set out last year to build and fly the world's first replica of a Civil War manned balloon – the Intrepid – little did he know his dream could collapse from a nationwide helium shortage. But he also didn't bargain that one of the country's most iconic retailers would step forward to deliver a miracle at the last minute, literally raising the project off the ground.
The balloon was painted by muralist Todd Price in Southern Virginia.
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