A Brief History
On August 17, 1978, Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson, and Larry Newman made ballooning history by becoming the first to pilot a manned balloon across the Atlantic Ocean, flying from Maine to France in the Double Eagle II, a Helium balloon. Today, we take a look at a few momentous balloon flights.
On November 21, 1783, the first ever manned balloon flight took place in France, when Francois Pilatrê de Rozier and Francois Laurent took flight in a hot air balloon made by the Montgolfier brothers. In 1785, Jean-Pierre Blanchard and American John Jeffries made history in the first balloon to cross the English Channel.
In 1960, Ed Yost made the first flight in a modern propane fueled hot air balloon, starting a popular sport.
In 2002, Steve Fossett made history by becoming the first to circumnavigate the globe in a balloon, a combination hot air and helium bag called Bud Light Spirit of Freedom on a two week flight.
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For more information, please see…
Holmes, Richard. Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air: An Unconventional History of Ballooning. Vintage, 2014.
May, Gustav. Ballooning: Its History And Principles. Palala Press, 2018.
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