A balloon at Fleurus, 1794.

Image number: 10304337

A balloon at Fleurus, 1794.

The world's first military observation balloon, shown in a painting on a snuff box lid. The balloon 'L'Entreprenant' was used by the French Republican Army to observe the combined Austrian and Dutch army at Maubeuge on 26 June 1794. This became the first battle to be won through control of the air. The balloon was piloted by scientist Captain Charles Coutelle.

Image number:
10304337
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
20 October 2003 13:47
Image rights:
Science Museum