Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier

Joseph-Michel Montgolfier (26 August 1740 – 26 June 1810) and Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier (6 January 1745 – 2 August 1799) were paper manufacturers from Annonay, in Ardèche, France best known as inventors of the Montgolfière-style hot air balloon, globe aérostatique. Continue reading

Elisabeth Thible Ascends in Hot Air Balloon

Elisabeth Thible ascends an untethered balloon over Lyon, France on June 4, 1784 constructed by the Montgolfier brothers. Continue reading

Tethered Hot Air Balloon Flight

Jean-Francois Pilatre de Rozier ascended in a tethered hot air balloon constructed by the Montgolfier brothers in Paris, France on October 15, 1783. Continue reading

Montgolfier Hot Air Balloon

The hot air balloon was invented by two papermaker brothers, Joseph-Michel and Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier of Annonay, France. Continue reading

Nonstop circumnavigation of the world by balloon

Bertrand Piccard, a Swiss psychiatrist, and Brian Jones, an English ballooning instructor, accomplished a nonstop circumnavigation of the world in a balloon in 1999. Continue reading