The First Hot-Air Balloon 1783

232 years ago, on June 4th, 1783, Etienne and Joseph Montgolfier demonstrated the first balloon heated by hot air to the nobles of Annonay in south of France. The Montgolfier family ran a large paper factory and had 16 children and they all worked there. Joseph was the 12th Child and Etienne was the 15th. […]

Anthony Smith’s Memorial Service

On Thursday 18th June at 11.30 am St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, London, EC4Y 8AU over 300 people attended the Memorial service for a remarkable man in the history of ballooning, exploration,  raft expeditions and journalism. Anthony’s son Adam looked forward to welcoming all who remembered his Father, and he was amazed at how many hundreds […]

48 Years ago today was the 1st flight in a gas balloon across the Channel with 5 passengers

1967 4th February, on a beautiful calm and sunny day, Malcolm Brighton piloted the 1st balloon to cross the English Channel carrying 5 people.  JAMBO, a gas balloon was flown from Rye in Sussex to Berck Plage in France. JAMBO was better known as the gas balloon flown in Africa by Anthony Smith, and this […]

222 years ago, Jean Pierre Blanchard made the 1st balloon flight in America

222 years ago  was the 1st balloon flight in the USA. 9th January 1793 Jean Pierre Blanchard decided to set out for America aboard the ship Ceres on September 30, 1792. He arrived in Philadelphia on December 9. He was received by President George Washington and Pennsylvania Governor General Thomas Mifflin. Blanchard had already made […]

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for 2015

Come and see us at the Icicle Meet at the  Elcot, near Newbury.