Model of Montgolfier balloon.

Image number: 10219021

Model of Montgolfier balloon.

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.

Image number:
10219021
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
20 October 2003 12:14
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Science Museum