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As early as 1793, balloons were used as a tactical weapon in war. Prior to WWII, balloon races were a major international sport. And long before the Fifth Dimension rhapsodized about lighter-than-air flight in “Up, Up, and Away,” America’s Tin Pan Alley had gotten into the act. In today’s concert, “Come Up in My Balloon,” the U.S. Navy Sea Chanters perform circa-1900 ballooning songs culled from the Bella Landauer Aeronautical Sheet Music Collection. At noon at the Hall of Air Transportation, National Air & Space Museum, 6th & Independence Ave. SW. FREE. (202) 357-2700. (GK)