18th Century: 23 June 1784; de Rozier and the Chemist Joseph Louis Proust (picture), in the course of their experiments in Aerostatics, travelled in their hot air balloon "La Marie Antoinette" travelled at an altitude of over 3000 meters, for 52 Kilometers, in 45 minutes, thereby setting records for speed , distance and altitude.
18th Century; October 22nd 1797; André-Jacques Garnerin , successfuly jumps from a balloon, 975 meters up, over ParcMonceau in Paris, in a 7 meter diameter parachute made of white canvas with a basket attached. He is declared the "Official Aeronaut of the State"
ca. 1867, A photograph of the gas balloon belonging to John Steiner is made ready for an ascension in Erie, Pennsylvania on June 18, 1857. It is the earliest photograph of an American flying machine.
An observation balloon about to ascend by Australian War Memorial collection,