Planning the 1836 balloon expedition

Planning the 1836 balloon expedition

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Caption: Planning the 1836 balloon expedition. Consultation prior to a balloon voyage from London, England, to Weilburg, Nassau, Germany. The voyage took place overnight from 7-8 November 1836, and set a record distance for a balloon flight. It covered 722 kilometres in 18 hours. The balloon, the Royal Vauxhall, is seen in the background. From left to right are: W. Prideaux, J. Hollins, W. M. James, Robert Hollond, Charles Green, and Thomas Monck Mason. Hollond was a sponsor of the flight, which was flown by him, the balloonist Green, and Monck Mason, from the Vauxhall Gardens, London, England. Painting by J. Hollins. Engraving by J. H. Robinson. This artwork was published in 1843.

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