First manned balloon flight – November 21, 1783…
On November 21, 1783, more than a century before the Wright Brothers of Kitty Hawk, NC fame, the first manned balloon flight took place in Paris, France.
Brothers Joseph and Etienne Montgolfier of Annonay, France designed a balloon propelled by an iron furnace. Physicist Jean-Francois Pilatre de Rozier and Francois Laurent, Marquis d’Arlandes were the first human pilots of untethered flight in the Montgolfier brothers’ balloon.
The flight lasted 25 minutes, reached a height of 900 meters and landed 9 or so kilometers from its take-off.
Man had conquered the skies!