Up, up and away: what’s behind the most colourful way to float through the sky is how I look at it. I have been fascinated with the hot air balloon. A simple enough idea that allows you to float away to a new place. But there is more to this simple thought.
- In 1783, French brothers JosephMichel and Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier launched an unmanned 225-kilogram balloon that stayed aloft for about ten minutes. King Louis XVI soon wanted a demonstration. So the Montgolfiers sent up a sheep, a duck and a rooster as the king, the queen (Marie Antoinette) and 130,000 other people witnessed the historic flight over Versailles. The animals landed safely.
2. Following the flight, Rozier became the Charles Lindbergh of his day. Two years later, he decided to break another record by crossing the English Channel in a new kind of balloon, one that was half hot air…
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