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Model of Montgolfier balloon.

Model of Montgolfier balloon.
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actual image size: 21cm x 32cm


The two brothers Joseph and Etienne Montgolfier gave their first public demonstration of a model hot air balloon in Annonay, France. About 36 feet in diameter, and made of linen and paper, it rose to a height of 6,000 feet and floated for ten minutes, travelling a distance of over one mile. That year, the Montgolfiers built a balloon that carried the first living pasengers aloft, and in November a balloon that carried the first human pasengers.

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