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When was the first hot-air balloon flight and how was ballooning invented?

In 1783, two brothers, Joseph-Michel and Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier, prosperous French paper manufacturers demonstrated their invention, the hot air balloon, before a crowd of the rich and famous in their hometown Annonay, France. After several successful tests launching paper mache bags filled with smoke from the house chimney, the brothers decided to publicly demonstrate their invention….

How do you steer a Hot Air Balloon, where will we land?

The most common question asked of a Balloon Pilot is: How do you steer this thing and where are we going to land? The answer is not always as simple as giving a specific location. The comic answer is “on the ground”. I have been known to answer well over a few thousand times with…