Early hot air balloon flight, 1784

Early hot air balloon flight, 1784

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Caption: Early hot air balloon flight. This balloon, 'Le Flesselles', ascended over Lyon, France, on 19 January 1784, carrying seven passengers, which included the French balloonists Joseph Montgolfier (1740-1810) and Jean-Francois Pilatre de Rozier (1754-1785).

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