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"
18th Century; 12th October 1799, Jeanne Geneviève Garnerin, wife of André-Jacques Garnerin, became the first female parachutist, when she jumped from a balloon 900 meters aloft with a parachute.
18th Century; 26th June 1794; Jean-Marie-Joseph Coutelle and Major General Antoine Morlot, spend 9 hours in the balloon, l'Entreprenant , during the Battle of Fleurus, providing observation that contributes to French victory over Austrian forces. Also the first battle in history affected by aviation.