Added Nov 21 2017

On this day in 1783, Pilâtre de Rozier and the Marquis d'Arlandes made the first free ascent in a balloon. They flew from the center of Paris for about five and a half miles. Benjamin Franklin was in Paris for the event. Reporting on what he saw, he wrote, "We observed it lift off in the most majestic manner. When it reached around 250 feet in altitude, the intrepid voyagers lowered their hats to salute the spectators. We could not help feeling a certain mixture of awe and admiration." Learn more: http://bit.ly/1Pdx2TO IMAGE: [Collecting cards with pictures of events in ballooning history from 1783 to 1883] | French | ca. 1890 | The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

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November 21, 2017
    The Franklin Institute
    On this day in 1783, Pilâtre de Rozier and the Marquis d'Arlandes made the first free ascent in a balloon. They flew from the center of Paris for about five and a half miles. Benjamin Franklin was in...
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