I may be mistaken but on the large balloons we use in the US are similar to the Chinese balloon
in size and the US balloons have a parachute attached attached to the payload to recover payload
when balloon is "cut down ". There was a balloon like the Chinese one released from Palestine Texas that
landed in Halifax NC around 1979-1980 which is about 6 miles from my home. While chatting with balloon ground crew
they told me the clear balloon envelope was usually given to the land owner where the balloon landed at . He said the
envelope made good wrapping materials to wrap food in before freezing.
Gallon of milk was like $5 in 1978 One thing I liked was no sales tax.
If item was $4.99 you paid $4.99. I was TMP driver for my unit transporting personnel to
and from Anchorage International Airport.
I had to get use to the 4 hour time difference when calling my parents in NC
Crazy thing I ever saw was a LT and a NCO walking around
the Headquarters Building that housed personnel on 2nd and 3rd floors and 4 units on each end of 1st floor.
Now and then I would see the NCO stop bend down and pick "something " up. Upon asking my buddy what was the deal
he calmly replied they walk around the building 2 times a month to pull up sprouting pot plants !! at that time 1 oz of pot was
legal for personal use only and off base only. The users would throw the pot seeds out of the window after cleaning the weed and
the seeds would sprout up !!
I saw a couple of the Buzzbe Frisbe in alaska !!