Great Querstion, one that plexed my mind after watching the new movie "The Three Musketeers (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1509767/) and included the facts on my hub (http://must65gt.hubpages.com/hub/Three- … 1-a-review). The first Hot Air balloon (http://www.eballoon.org/history/history … oning.html) was on the 19th September 1783 Pilatre De Rozier, a scientist, launched the balloon called 'Aerostat Reveillon'. The passengers were a sheep, a duck and a rooster and the balloon stayed in the air for a grand total of 15 minutes before crashing back to the ground.
On November 21st, 1783, when two Frenchmen rose in a huge fire-balloon from Paris.
The balloon attained a height of 300 feet, and came to earth about two miles from the starting point.
The first ascent in a gas balloon was made at Paris on December 1st, 1783, by Professor Charles, who used hydrogen gas. He rose after sunset to a height of 1,000 feet, and at that elevation was the first man to see the sun set a second time on the same day.
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