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04/06/1783 The first hot-air balloon is launched

Joseph-Michel Montgolfier and Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier are best known for inventing of a Montgolfière-style hot air balloon, globe aérostatique in 1782 and did the successful piloted flight in 1983. Beside it, they had made many more inventions.


  • Essentials 

  • Premodern and unmanned balloons 

  • First hydrogen balloon 

  • First unmanned flight 

  • First manned flight 

  • First manned hydrogen balloon flight 

  • Further milestones 

  • Ballooning in the British Isles 

  • Military use 

  • 20th century 

  • Modern day