First public demonstration of a Montgolfier balloon, 4th June, 1783.

Made:
1783; 1914
maker:
Papault and Rouelle
,
Joseph-Michel Montgolfier
and
Jacques-√Čtienne Montgolfier

Model of a Montgolfier Balloon, 1783. The two brothers Joseph and Etienne Montgolfier gave their first public demonstration of a model hot air balloon in Annonay, France. About 36 feet in diameter, and made of linen and paper, it rose to a height of 6,000 feet and floated for ten minutes, travelling a distance of over one mile. That year, the Montgolfiers built a balloon that carried the first living passengers aloft, and in November a balloon that carried the first human passengers.

Details

Category:
Aeronautics
Object Number:
1914-225
type:
hot-air balloons
credit:
Papault and Rouelle
status:
Permanent collection

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