Francois Laurent, French aeronaut

Francois Laurent, French aeronaut

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Caption: Francois Laurent (1742-1809). 1867 illustration of the French engineer and hot air balloon pioneer Francois Laurent, Marquis D'Arlandes. Laurent is best known for making the first manned free balloon flight, with Jean-Fran ois Pilatre de Rozier, on 21st November 1783, in a Montgolfier balloon.

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