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Historical Table of Ballooning in France


September 19th 1783 : The first flight of a gas balloon – Paris, France – the first passengers being a duck, a sheep and a cockerel January 19th 1784 : The only recorded flight by Joseph Montgolfier in one of the largest balloons ever made at Lyon, France. The balloon is believed to have had a passenger…

What do a duck, a sheep and a cockerel have in common?


It was the two brothers, Joseph and Ettiene Montgolfier, who first successfully demonstrated the flight of the balloon. One of the first recorded flights was on September 19th, 1783, in the court of the Château de Versailles, with Louis XIV, Marie Antoinette and 120,000 Parisians witnessing the historic flight. The balloon had a wicker basket…