Jacques Montgolfier

Jacques Montgolfier

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Caption: Jacques-Etienne de Montgolfier. Coloured portrait of the French co-inventor of the hot-air balloon Jacques- Etienne de Montgolfier (1745-1799). Along with his brother, Joseph, Jacques pioneered aeronautics in the eighteenth century. In 1782 the brothers discovered that heated air collected inside a lightweight paper or fabric bag caused the bag to rise into the air. The first manned balloon flight took place in Paris, France, in 1783 in a balloon designed by the brothers. The Montgolfier design was incorporated in larger balloons that opened the way to exploration of the upper atmosphere.

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