Experimental animal balloon flight

Experimental animal balloon flight

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Credit: SHEILA TERRY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Experimental balloon flight. Coloured historical artwork of an ascent of a hot air balloon designed by the French Montgolfier brothers. It took off from outside the Palace of Versailles, Paris, France, on 19 September 1783, watched by King Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, Benjamin Franklin and a crowd of Parisians. The balloon was lifted by hot air from an on-board stove burning wool and straw. In a cage hanging beneath the balloon, were a sheep, a rooster and a duck. The aim was to see if living creatures could survive such a flight. They were recovered safely and it was on 21 November of the same year that the first manned flight by balloon would take place.

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Keywords: 1783, aircraft, animals, coloured artwork, crowd, experimental, flight, flying machine, france, french, historical, history of science, hot air balloon, illustration, montgolfier, palace, paris, technology, test, transport, transportation, versailles

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