Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier was one of two men who left the earth’s surface and flew in Montgolfier’s balloon for the very first time. He also designed a type of balloon that was given his name that flew using a combination of a lifting gas and hot air. More than 200 years later, his design would be used in the balloon that made the first non stop round the world flight.

A Rozièr balloon


Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier in a Montgolfier balloon


De Rozièr perishes in a baloon crash over Wimereux


Don Cameron led the way in record breaking and unusual balloon design



Double Eagle II


Virgin Flyer


The successful balloon circumnavigation by Piccard and Jones



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