Montgolfier Hot Air Balloon

The hot air balloon was invented by two papermaker brothers, Joseph-Michel and Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier of Annonay, France. The initial experiment of capturing hot air in a silk bag made it rise leading to the first public exhibition in the Annonay marketplace on June 4, 1783. The unmanned balloon made of silk-lined paper filled with hot air by burning dampened straw and wood rose 3,000 feet (914 meters) and travelled 1.5 miles for ten minutes prior to landing safely.

Date:
      June 4, 1783
Name(s):
      Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier
Occupation:
      Papermakers
Location:
      Annonay, France

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