Pilatre de Rozier, French balloonist

Pilatre de Rozier, French balloonist

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Caption: Pilatre de Rozier (1754-1785). 1867 illustration of the French teacher and balloonist Jean-Francois Pilatre de Rozier. Rozier is famous for being on the first manned hot air balloon flight on 21st November 1783, when he took to the air in a balloon designed by the Montgolfier brothers. His final flight was on 15th June 1785, when he and Jules Romain crashed in their Royal Balloon near Boulogne, France. Both men were killed in the crash, which is considered the world's first aviation disaster.

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