Balloon Has Handler (535) Enlisted Personnel

Supervises, operates, or assists in the operation of a gas purification unit in the manufacture of helium or hydrogen used in the inflation of balloons.
Charges generator with chemical compounds and operates various valves and pumps to inflate balloon with gas generated. Tests inflated balloon for purity of gas, using metronometer to determine gas content. Inflates balloon by connecting inflation tubes to balloon and gas cylinders and regulating flow of gas. Determines gas pressure in balloon by use of manometer. Lubricates generating equipment. Makes adjustments and repairs with such common hand tools as wrenches, hammers, pliers, and screw drivers. Cleans and replaces pipes, valves, gauges, pistons, and gaskets.
Must have working knowledge of construction, maintenance, and operation of generating equipment and combustion engines.

Alternate nomenclatures:

  • Balloon Gas Chief