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The Montgolfier brothers take to the air

Posted in Animals, Anniversary, Aviation, History on Tuesday, 25 May 2010

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The Montgolfier brothers, illustrated by Severino Baraldi

4 June is the anniversary of the first public balloon ascent by the Montgolfier brothers., Joseph-Michel and Jacques-Etienne. In 1783 they gave a public demonstration at Annonay before a group of dignitaries, flying for 10 minutes during which itme they covered a distance of just over a mile.

picture Montgolfier brothers, balloon

The Montgolfier brothers’ balloon, illustrated by Wilf Hardy

To celebrate their success, Etienne designed a balloon of sky blue, decorated with golden symbols, as can be seen in the picture above. The first aeronauts to ascend in the balloon were a sheep called Montauciel, a duck and a rooster, whose two-mile flight was performed before King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette.

More pictures of the Montgolfier brothers and their historic flight can be found here; for more on balloon aviation follow this link.

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