Ballooning history

  As the crew of Double Eagle V crossed the Californian coast at 9pm on 12 November 1981 they had already been in the air
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On April 13, 1963, pilots Ed Yost and Don Piccard launched the 60,000 cubic foot hot air balloon "Channel Champ" from the village of Rye,
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In 1957, on 18th September Don Piccard flew the first plastic Pleiades, a cluster of small balloons, based upon a design of his father's, Jean-Felix
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Just after breakfast on August 8th, 1709, a 24 year old Priest, Bartolomeu de Gusmão from Brazil, demonstrated the first model balloon to King John
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On 8th January 2000, the first ever hot air balloon flight at the South Pole took place. Ivan André Trifonov, an Austrian balloon pilot, flew
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On the 19th September 1783,  Etienne Montgolfier, a paper maker, launched the first hot air balloon with passengers, it was called ‘Aerostat Reveillon’. The passengers
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The first military use of observation balloons was during the French Revolutionary Wars. They were also used by both sides during the American Civil War
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Le Flesselle, the biggest balloon. On the 19th of January 1784, in Lyon, France, the largest Montgolfier balloon ever made was laid out for launching. 
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Jean-Pierre Blanchard (July 4, 1753 – March 7, 1809), aka Jean Pierre François Blanchard, was a French inventor, most remembered as a pioneer in aviation
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Did you know the first gas balloon made its flight in August 1783? It was designed by Jacques Charles and Les Frères Robert, it carried
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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.
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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,
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