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Early Ballooning

Information about the permanent exhibition Early Ballooning.

The Channel Crossing exhibit, part of the Early Ballooning exhibition, which features a small teal balloon.

Humanity’s dream to fly was realized in 18th century France when the Montgolfier Brothers successfully flew the world’s first hot air balloons. Gas ballooning followed, and led to many achievements, such as crossing the English Channel by air and, later, the first use of aerial photography. Technology advanced, and so did the popularity of balloons. Showmen – and women -- entertained the masses and brought countries around the world into the age of human aviation.