'Blanchard's 28th Flight to Nuremberg', Germany, 12 November 1787.
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Engraving by A W Kustner after his original drawing showing a crowd watching Blanchard make his 28th ascent in a balloon. French aeronaut, Jean-Pierre Blanchard (1753-1809), was renowned for his ballooning exploits throughout Europe. On 7 January 1785, he and the American physician John Jeffries (1744-1819) became the first balloonists to cros the English Channel. He also made a number of first ascents in countries: in Germany, Holland and Belgium in 1785; Switzerland in 1788; Poland and Czechoslavakia in 1789; and the United States in 1793.