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.

      June 4, 1783
      Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier
      Annonay, France

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