Montgolfier, Joseph (1740-1810)

Joseph and brother Jacques made the first successful hot-air balloon flight in 1782.

Historical Notes

  1. December 1782 The first balloon was launched and ascended to an altitude of 300m. The balloon was made of paper and used air heated by burning wool and moist straw.
  2. 19 September 1783 The first passengers in a hot-air balloon were a rooster, a sheep, and a duck sent to an altitude of 500m and survived the landing.
  3. 21 November 1783 The Montgolfier brothers make the first flight in a hot air balloon.

See also: Balloon, Montgolfier, Jacques Etienne.

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