15 Key Milestones in Aviation History

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On Sept. 19, 1783, paper manufacturers Joseph-Michael and Jacques-Ètienne Montgolfier demonstrated the flight of their hot-air balloon in front of an audience that included King Louis XVI, Queen Marie Antoinette, and 130,000 onlookers. The balloon, a paper-lined silk bag, measured about 30 feet (9 meters) in diameter, and was decorated lavishly with images of suns, symbols representing the zodiac, and decorative flourishes. It flew for a distance of about 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) carrying a basket that held a sheep, a duck, and a rooster… More at Live Science.

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