History Of Hot Air Ballooning

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Human being is always jealous of birds, for their capability to touch the sky and fly. To fly high in sky spreading wings is a wish of every heart. We really want to fly and travel distant places without any hassle. Not only todays men ancient men also wished to fly like a bird, their wish is depicted on the caves which were their habitat. The famous mathematician of olden Greece, Archimedes was the first person who dreamt to make a flying machine. Philosopher of Germany Albertus Magnus and Roger Bacon an English scientist shared this dream on 13th century. Both of them planned theoretical ideas for making a flying machine which was based on the law where force and energy could be used to lift human being in the sky. In history the aim of flying was overwhelming, thus people toyed with the plan of making flying machines. Henry Cavendish used hydrogen for his try in 1766 because hydrogen was the lightest and simplest among all the gases found on earth. According to Cavendish, hydrogen is light in weight than the air. This encouraged him to recommend the idea of using hydrogen to lift the men in air.

The first buddies who toyed to the idea of flying machines were Joseph and Etienne Montgolfier. They were paper manufacturer. To boost up their idea they made a new paper by blending paper and silk. When they fired the paper they noticed that the ashes of paper are rising upwards in the air. This observable fact mesmerized the brothers and they become the originators of hot air balloons. The magical power of smoke encourages them to decide to imprison it in large bags which would result rising in air. The most exciting day came on 5th June at annonay, France when the first trip of air balloon was tried. They used paper and linen to make balloon .They used fire to warm the air present in the balloon.

This historical trip was experienced by duck, sheep and a chicken. This balloon travelled about 1 mile. This trial was indeed a successful job and the passengers of this flight were safe. With this, the hot air ballooning started its delightful journey. After 2 or 3 months the humans experienced this and they were Pilatre de Rozier and Marquis Francois d'Arlandes. They remained in air for 25 minutes at 3000 feet above the ground. This journey tempted numerous of people to carry out different experiments of hot air ballooning. Jacques Charles a famous French chemist tried hydrogen for lifting and it proves fruitful for future. Charles and Noel Roberts made a flight of 27 miles in 1783. This was the first balloon lifted by the hydrogen. Elizabeth Thible of France was the first woman to fly in air with the help of hot air balloon. British designed balloon was flown by the James Satler in 1784. The longest flight was done by an Americans Blancharf and Dr. John Jeffries who crossed the English Channel in1785.

In todays world there are rockets and jet planes yet several people are thrilled to ride hot air balloons. Many festival and events are organized to taste and feel the old world. So go on and feel the olden days in air.
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This article was published on 2011/01/15