Andre Jacques Garnerin, French aeronaut, 1802.
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Andre Jacques Garnerin, French aeronaut, 1802.

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Portrait etching, 'Monsr Garnerin, and his Extraordinary Descent in a Parachute, Sepr 21st 1802'. Andre Jacques Garnerin (1769-1823) became a balloon inspector in the French Army in 1793. In Paris in 1797, he performed the first public exhibition of a parachute jump from a free-flying balloon, descending 3200 feet. He was the first aeronaut to parachute regularly. He often worked with his brother, Jean-Baptiste-Olivier Garnerin (1766- 1849). Published by S Kirby, London, (1814).

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