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Background imageFlight Collection: Blanchard balloon flight to Frankfurt, Germany

Blanchard balloon flight to Frankfurt, Germany
Jean-Pierre Blanchards balloon flight to Frankfurt, Germany. Seen here flying above the crowds in a city park with a small parachute attached to the gondola. (1 of 2) 3 October 1785

Background imageFlight Collection: Balloon designs by Charles & Robert and Montgolfier

Balloon designs by Charles & Robert and Montgolfier
Balloon designs by Charles and Robert (1, 5) and the Montgolfier Brothers (2, 3, 4). No. 3 ascended from Versailles. No. 4 ascended from the Chateau de la Muette. No

Background imageFlight Collection: Blanchard balloon ascent, Rouen, France

Blanchard balloon ascent, Rouen, France
Third balloon ascent of Jean-Pierre Blanchard, with Mr Boby, from the old barracks at Rouen. They later descended on the Plaine de Puissanval. 18 July 1784

Background imageFlight Collection: Balloon event, Charles Green, Macclesfield

Balloon event, Charles Green, Macclesfield
Charles Green ballooning poster advertising his 74th ascent, under the patronage of the Mayor and Magistrates, from the Gas Works near Waters Green, Macclesfield

Background imageFlight Collection: Balloon descent, Beuvri near Bethune, France

Balloon descent, Beuvri near Bethune, France
View of the Plaine de Beuvri (or Beuvry) near the town of Bethune in Artois, north of Paris. Balloon descent by the Robert brothers and Colin Hullin near a windmill

Background imageFlight Collection: Sophie Blanchard in balloon ascent, Milan

Sophie Blanchard in balloon ascent, Milan
Sophie Blanchard (1778-1819), famous French aeronaut, in a night-time balloon ascent performed in Milan, Italy, in the presence of Napoleon, to mark his 42nd birthday. 15 August 1811

Background imageFlight Collection: Count Zambeccaris balloon

Count Zambeccaris balloon

Background imageFlight Collection: Balloon descent at Gonesse, France

Balloon descent at Gonesse, France
The first trial hydrogen balloon which ascended from the Champ de Mars, and descended in the village of Gonesse, north east of Paris

Background imageFlight Collection: Balloon being filled with gas

Balloon being filled with gas
Balloon in a yard, being filled with gas from a barrel in preparation for flight. late 18th century

Background imageFlight Collection: Garnerin descending in his parachute, Paris

Garnerin descending in his parachute, Paris
Garnerin descending in his parachute, with his discarded balloon on the left. Claimed to be the first to descend from a balloon by means of a parachute

Background imageFlight Collection: Map, Battle of Fleurus

Map, Battle of Fleurus
Map of the Battle of Fleurus - it was won by the French Army, with the first military use of a reconnaissance balloon. The hydrogen balloon L Entreprenant was used to pass messages to the ground

Background imageFlight Collection: Le Suffren balloon ascent, Nantes

Le Suffren balloon ascent, Nantes
View of the Le Suffren balloon ascending from the garden of the orphanage, Nantes, France. Including the equipment used to raise and fill it. 14 June 1784

Background imageFlight Collection: Montgolfier balloon

Montgolfier balloon, built in the garden of Jean-Baptiste Reveillon, Rue de Montreuil, Faubourg St Antoine, Paris, funded by the Academie Royale des Sciences. Depicted here being filled by gas

Background imageFlight Collection: Balloon event, Charles Green, Stockport

Balloon event, Charles Green, Stockport
Charles Green ballooning poster advertising his 75th ascent, from Stockport, under the patronage of Henry Hodgkinson, the Mayor, with a second ascent from Castle Yard, a band of music in attendance

Background imageFlight Collection: Balloon ascent from Tuileries Chateau, Paris

Balloon ascent from Tuileries Chateau, Paris

Background imageFlight Collection: Balloon ascent by Blanchard

Balloon ascent by Blanchard
Jean-Pierre Blanchards balloon, probably for the planned ascent from the Champ de Mars, Paris, 2 March 1784. A slightly fanciful representation of the balloon, parachute and carriage. circa 1784

Background imageFlight Collection: Balloon ascent over Lyons, France

Balloon ascent over Lyons, France
Balloon ascent over Lyons, containing Montgolfier the elder, Pilatre de Rosier, Prince Charles de Ligne, Le Comte de la Porte d Anglefort, Le Comte de Laurencin, Le Comte de Dampiere

Background imageFlight Collection: Montgolfier balloon, ascent over Lyons, France

Montgolfier balloon, ascent over Lyons, France
The Montgolfier balloon, Le Flesselle, which ascended over Lyons, France. 19 January 1784

Background imageFlight Collection: Early balloon design

Early balloon design, described as an aerostatic globe, with equipment to travel in the air by wind. A) The Vessel. B) Sails that are used according to the wind

Background imageFlight Collection: Balloon event, Charles Green, Leicester

Balloon event, Charles Green, Leicester
Charles Green ballooning poster, advertising his 411th ascent in his Royal Victoria Balloon, from the Cricket Ground, Leicester. With special trains laid on from nearby cities. 27 June 1849

Background imageFlight Collection: Blanchards balloon and apparatus

Blanchards balloon and apparatus
A representation of Jean-Pierre Blanchards balloon and apparatus, with annotations. Below the large round balloon is a parachute, and under that two men in the gondola with wings for steering. 1780s

Background imageFlight Collection: Balloon ascent by Blanchard, Champ de Mars, Paris

Balloon ascent by Blanchard, Champ de Mars, Paris
Balloon ascent by Jean-Pierre Blanchard from the Champ de Mars, Paris. 2 March 1784

Background imageFlight Collection: Blanchard and Jeffries crossing English Channel

Blanchard and Jeffries crossing English Channel
Jean-Pierre Blanchard and Dr John Jeffries crossing the English Channel by balloon. They left Dover, crossed the sea, and landed near Blanay, between Calais and Boulogne

Background imageFlight Collection: Flying machine or airship

Flying machine or airship
A flying machine or airship, 18th century copy of the one designed in the 17th century by Francesco Lana de Terzi, the Italian Jesuit, mathematician, naturalist and aeronautics pioneer. circa 1670

Background imageFlight Collection: Balloon ascent, Champ de Mars, Paris

Balloon ascent, Champ de Mars, Paris
Balloon ascent by Montgolfier, d Anonai and Vivarais from the Champ de Mars, Paris. 27 August 1783

Background imageFlight Collection: Balloon ascent from Prairie de Nesle, northern France

Balloon ascent from Prairie de Nesle, northern France
Balloon ascent by M Charles from the Prairie de Nesle, northern France, where it had landed after taking off from the Tuileries Gardens, Paris, on 1 December 1783

Background imageFlight Collection: Blanchards balloon ascent, Little Chelsea

Blanchards balloon ascent, Little Chelsea

Background imageFlight Collection: Balloon descent, Chateau de Beuvri, France

Balloon descent, Chateau de Beuvri, France
Balloon descent by the Robert brothers and Colin Hullin in front of the Chateau de Beuvry, near Bethune. They had ascended from the Tuileries Gardens, Paris, earlier the same day

Background imageFlight Collection: Balloon descent, Prairie de Billancourt, France

Balloon descent, Prairie de Billancourt, France
View of Jean-Pierre Blanchards balloon, which ascended from the Champ de Mars, Paris, and landed on the Prairie de Billancourt (on the Haute-de-Seine) later the same day. 2 March 1784

Background imageFlight Collection: Festival for 14 July, Champs Elysees, Paris

Festival for 14 July, Champs Elysees, Paris

Background imageFlight Collection: Balloon ascent of Lunardi, Artillery Ground

Balloon ascent of Lunardi, Artillery Ground
Ascent of Lunardis celebrated air balloon from the Artillery Ground, London, watched by spectators. 15 September 1784

Background imageFlight Collection: Balloon ascent from St Cloud, Paris

Balloon ascent from St Cloud, Paris

Background imageFlight Collection: Satirical images of an Air Balloon

Satirical images of an Air Balloon
Set of 12 satirical images with captions of an Air Balloon, showing filling, flying, reaching the moon, coming back to earth, and bursting. 1784

Background imageFlight Collection: French park festivities with fireworks and balloon

French park festivities with fireworks and balloon

Background imageFlight Collection: Riding a donkey asleep in the rain

Riding a donkey asleep in the rain

Background imageFlight Collection: Battle of Fleurus with balloon

Battle of Fleurus with balloon
The Battle of Fleurus, won by the French Army, with the first military use of a reconnaissance balloon. The hydrogen balloon L Entreprenant was used to pass messages to the ground while the French

Background imageFlight Collection: First balloon flight over the English Channel

First balloon flight over the English Channel, from Dover to the French coast, by Jean-Pierre Blanchard. Seen here is the balloon in flight between Calais and Boulogne, with a fisherman

Background imageFlight Collection: Hensons Aerial Steam Carriage

Hensons Aerial Steam Carriage
The Aerial Steam Carriage -- underside view with covering fabric in place. This flying machine was patented by William Samuel Henson (1812-1888) and John Stringfellow (1799-1883) in 1842. 1843

Background imageFlight Collection: Balloon event, Charles Green, Chichester

Balloon event, Charles Green, Chichester
Charles Green ballooning poster advertising his 25th ascent in the Coronation Balloon under the patronage of the Mayor, from the Gas Works, Chichester. 9 November 1824

Background imageFlight Collection: Technical diagram of a flying machine

Technical diagram of a flying machine, with measurements and annotations. The small red circle labelled C is the pilots seat. late 18th century

Background imageFlight Collection: Balloon descent, Prairie de Nesle, France

Balloon descent, Prairie de Nesle, France
Balloon descent of Charles and Robert onto the Prairie de Nesle, northern France, surrounded by various witnesses, including an English gentleman, Mr Fares, who was the first to greet M Charles

Background imageFlight Collection: Montgolfier balloon in flight over Paris

Montgolfier balloon in flight over Paris
First manned balloon ascent, made in the presence of the Dauphin, from the Jardin de la Muette, Paris, under the direction of Montgolfier

Background imageFlight Collection: Balloon ascent from the Tuilieries Gardens, Paris

Balloon ascent from the Tuilieries Gardens, Paris
Second balloon ascent, made from the Tuileries Gardens by Charles and Robert, watched by a crowd of spectators. 1 December 1783

Background imageFlight Collection: Balloon event, Charles Green, Stowmarket

Balloon event, Charles Green, Stowmarket
Charles Green ballooning poster, advertising his 413rd ascent, from the Vicarage Grounds, Stowmarket in his Royal Victoria Balloon

Background imageFlight Collection: Montgolfier balloon ascent, Versailles

Montgolfier balloon ascent, Versailles
Ascent of the Montgolfier balloon from Versailles, viewed by the King, the Royal Family and a large crowd of spectators. The balloon flew for eight minutes, then descended in the Bois de Vaucresson

Background imageFlight Collection: Montgolfier balloon in flight over Lyons, France

Montgolfier balloon in flight over Lyons, France
General view of Lyons, France, taken from the top of the Faubourg de la Guillotiere, showing the Montgolfier balloon Le Flesselle in flight above the city. 19 January 1784

Background imageFlight Collection: Air balloon of Charles and Robert, Paris

Air balloon of Charles and Robert, Paris
The air balloon of Charles and Robert, exhibited in Paris, from where they ascended from the Tuileries Gardens. 1 December 1783

Background imageFlight Collection: Technical diagram of a flying machine, with pilot

Technical diagram of a flying machine, with pilot
Technical diagram of a flying machine, with measurements and annotations, and a pilot seated at the controls. circa late 18th century




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