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The hot air balloon is the oldest successful human-carrying flight technology. It is in a class of aircraft known as balloon aircraft. On November 21, 1783, in Paris, France, the first untethered manned flight was made by Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and François Laurent d'Arlandes in a hot air balloon created on December 14, 1782 by the Montgolfier brothers. Hot air balloons that can be propelled through the air rather than just being pushed along by the wind are known as airships or, more specifically, thermal airships.

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18th century drawing

By Terry Fan.

Decca record label.

never tear

Poster on the wall of the Museum of London

What fun!

1783 Paris

Balloon with sails

Late 18th Century Balloon.


Late 18th Century Balloon.

Early helium balloon

Early example.

An early example - love the images of the sun.