Early hot air balloon flight, 1783

Early hot air balloon flight, 1783

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Credit: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Early hot air balloon flight. Following their earlier launch of a hydrogen balloon, this hot air balloon was launched by the Montgolfier brothers, and is seen ascending over the Palace of Versailles, France, on 19 September 1783. The royal family and a large crowd were watching. A sheep, duck and rooster were in the basket below the balloon, but no humans. The animals were later safely recovered, demonstrating that it was possible to survive an aerial flight.

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