'The Balloon Pasing over Coblenz', 8 November 1836.
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Lithograph by A Butler after a sketch by Thomas Monck Mason showing Green's balloon flying over Koblenz in Germany. English aeronaut Charles Green (1785-1870) made his most famous flight in his 'Royal Vauxhall' balloon from London to Nasau in Germany on 7 November 1836. Green, along with pasengers Robert Holland MP and Thomas Monck Mason, set off from Vauxhall Gardens at 1.30 pm. After succesfully navigating the balloon from London to Dover in Kent, they crosed the English Channel and flew over France, finally landing near Weilburg in the Duchy of Nasau, Germany at 7.30 am the next morning. The aeronauts were given a hero's welcome having completed the world's longest flight, covering an estimated 480 miles (770 km) in 18 hours.