Ballooning history

First Hot Air Balloon across the English Channel
On April 13, 1963, pilots Ed Yost and Don Piccard launched the 60,000 cubic foot hot air balloon “Channel Champ”
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Don Piccard
In 1957, on 18th September Don Piccard flew the first plastic Pleiades, a cluster of small balloons, based upon a
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1709 – First demonstration of a model hot air balloon
Just after breakfast on August 8th, 1709, a 24 year old Priest, Bartolomeu de Gusmão from Brazil, demonstrated the first
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First Flight at South Pole
On 8th January 2000, the first ever hot air balloon flight at the South Pole took place. Ivan André Trifonov,
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The day a duck, a sheep and a cockerel took to the air in 1783
On the 19th September 1783,  Etienne Montgolfier, a paper maker, launched the first hot air balloon with passengers, it was
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Military Ballooning
The first military use of observation balloons was during the French Revolutionary Wars. They were also used by both sides
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Le Flesselle, 19th January 1784
Le Flesselle, the biggest balloon. On the 19th of January 1784, in Lyon, France, the largest Montgolfier balloon ever made
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Jean Pierre Blanchard
Jean-Pierre Blanchard (July 4, 1753 – March 7, 1809), aka Jean Pierre François Blanchard, was a French inventor, most remembered
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21st November is Montgolfier Day
All over the world, 21st November is the day balloonists celebrate the anniversary of the first free flight with human
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The First Gas Balloon Flight
Did you know the first gas balloon made its flight in August 1783? It was designed by Jacques Charles and
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The First Hot-Air Balloon 1783
On June 4th, 1783, Etienne and Joseph Montgolfier demonstrated the first balloon heated by hot air to the nobles of
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4th February 1967 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
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