Ernest Petin, French balloonist

Ernest Petin, French balloonist

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Caption: Ernest Petin (1812-1879). 1867 illustration of the French milliner (hat-maker) and balloonist Ernest Petin. Petin tried to construct balloons on the structure of bird wings. Following numerous failures, he finally came up with a design he said could carry 3000 people. In 1852 he flew with three others in a balloon named the Bon Vivant, which measured 102 feet long with sails and a long gondola.

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