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Significant dates in the history of ballooning …


1783
/ France

Jacques Charles launches the first lighter than air object, the “Globe” was an unmanned hydrogen gas filled balloon that traveled 15 miles (down range) and reached an altitude of 3,000 feet above the ground. Not knowing that it was actually a man made “flying machine”, locals thought it to be some type of demon and attacked the balloon with pitchforks, destroying it.

September 19th, 1783 / France
A sheep, a duck and a rooster become the first “living” passengers to defy gravity and leave the surface of the earth. The Montgolfier brothers, Jacques Etienne and Joseph Michel, launched the animals in a balloon made of paper and cloth after Louis XVI had decreed that the first flight should be flown with animals. The balloon rose to about 6,000 feet, and landed safely.

The animals are said to have become heroes of France and lived out their lives in the care of Marie Antoinette in her personal zoo.

November 21st, 1783 / France
The first recorded manned flight in a hot air balloon takes place in Paris.

The balloon, built from paper and silk by the Montgolfier brothers was piloted on a 22-minute flight by Jean François Piltre de Rozier and the Marquis François-Laurent D'Arlandes. From the center of Paris they ascended 500 feet above the roof tops before eventually landing about 6 miles away in the vineyards.

Local farmers were very suspicious of this fiery dragon descending from the sky. The pilots offered champagne to placate them and to celebrate the flight, a tradition carried on by balloonists to this day.

Interesting Fact: Ben Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were on hand and witnessed this manned flight.

 

A Few Interesting Thoughts …

 1) The three ballooning events (mentioned above) were all accomplished in craft that, unlike today’s modern hot air balloons, were not capable of carrying a heat source aloft in the balloon during flight.

The balloon was heated on the ground and released to fly until the temperature of the balloon cooled and it fell to earth.

At that time, the brothers thought it was smoke that lifted the balloon into the sky, not specifically the heat. The balloon was actually filled from an open pit fire.

2) To this day in France, hot air balloons are called Montgolfier’s after the brothers who invented them.

3) At this same time in history, many in France were experimenting with various “gases” (hydrogen, etc...) to power balloon flight.

 

January 19th, 1784 / France
The only recorded flight by Joseph Montgolfier is made in the city of Lyon in a balloon that had a cubic capacity of over 700,000 cubic feet.

No balloon of that size exists in modern sport ballooning. A 700,000 cubic foot balloon would equate to a passenger capacity of around 30 people. To this day it remains one of the largest balloons ever made. The flight only lasted 20 minutes due to a rip in the fabric. There is no record indicating who other passengers might have been.

January 9th, 1793 / United States
The first flight of a balloon in America occurs in Philadelphia from the Walnut Street Prison Yard and is piloted by Jean Pierre Blanchard. Blanchard had also flown the first ascents in Germany, Holland, Belgium and Switzerland.

The early 1800s / United States
American aeronauts, including Charles Durant, Thaddeus Lowe, John La Mountain, Rufus Wells and John Wise continue to design, construct and fly both gas and hot air balloons.

1861 / United States
Tethered gas balloons are used by both sides during the American Civil War for observation of troop movements and to direct ground fire.

October 10, 1960 / United States
Ed Yost lifted off the ground in Bruning, Nebraska, in a hot air balloon powered by a propane burner marking the beginning of the modern hot air balloon.

 

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