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Balloonomania: 18th-Century Europe’s Obsession with Hot Air Balloons

Scientists and showmen alike tested the limits of the new invention.

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  • Crossing of the English Channel by Jean-Pierre Blanchard in 1785.Photo Credit: Wikipedia
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  • Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier (left) and Joseph-Michel Montgolfier.

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  • Famed flight by Jacques Alexandre César Charles on December 1, 1783.

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