Charles Green, English aeronaut, 1839.
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Engraving by G P Harding after his own drawing of Charles Green (1785-1870) who in 1821 made the first ascent with carburetted hydrogen gas. He built the 'Nasau' balloon and flew from Vauxhall Gardens in London to Weilburg, Nasau, in Germany, in 1836. Together with his pasengers Robert Holland, MP, and Thomas Monck Mason, he succesfully completed the world's longest flight covering an estimated 480 miles in 18 hours. The route took them over Kent via Canterbury and Dover, before crosing the English Channel, and flying over Calais and Liege to land in Weilburg. He also invented the guide-rope, and made 526 ascents between 1821 and 1852.