Skip to primary navigation Skip to content Skip to footer


Snohomish balloon ride

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….