First Hot Air Balloon Flight

The first flying creatures in aviation werent humans… Heres what happened.

On 19 September 1783, the Montgolfier brothers’ balloon Aerostat Réveillon was flown with the first (non-human) living creatures in a basket attached to the balloon: a sheep called Montauciel (“Climb-to-the-sky”), a duck and a rooster.

Why these animals?!?
The sheep was believed to have a reasonable approximation of human physiology. The duck was expected to be unharmed by being lifted aloft. It was included as a control for effects created by the aircraft rather than the altitude. The rooster was included as a further control as it was a bird that did not fly at high altitudes.

This demonstration was performed before a crowd at the royal palace in Versailles, before King Louis XVI of France and Queen Marie Antoinette. The flight lasted approximately eight minutes, covered two miles (3 km), and obtained an altitude of about 1,500 feet. The animals all landed safely (and lived)

With this, the Montgolfier Brothers wanted to keep testing their theory and flew in the balloon 2 months later.

This was the beginning of ballooning and Aviation!

(Unknown drawer of this event)


Cool story! Their knowledge off anatomy was a bit off :)

Actually, Leonardo da Vinci was first. You can read about his work in the field here:
And one thing that isn’t mentioned is he made designs for aircraft that today would be similar to a helicopter.

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I’ve never heard of that! I have always been told that ballooning was the first means of transportation and aviation.

Nice to know!

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Da Vinci failed, epically 😂. (Jumped off a bridge on his flying machine, landed in the water) Nevertheless, his work in aeronautics was quite ingenious for the time. It’s a shame he wasn’t born a few hundred years later.


Maybe if he was we wouldn’t have some of the things we have today, such as airplanes! Weird to think about 😜


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