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History of Balloon Flight
Since the dawn of man , he has dreamed of little else
than escaping the bounds of earth in flight .
That dream was realized through a series of  experiments
conducted by two brothers named Joseph and Ethene
Montgolfier from Annonay,France. The first event was
the unmanned  flight of their woven (with silk and linen
fibers)paper balloon June 4, 1783, fueled by the smoke
of a fire made from wet straw ,cow and sheep manure
and old shoe leather . This success was followed  by the
flight of  the first live creatures , on September 19,1783
when a goat, a chicken and a duck ascended  in a
crude cage tied to the bottom of the paper balloon .
Finally, on the 21st  of  November,1793 , Count Francois
Pilatre DeRozier, and the Marquis D"Arlandes ,Francois
Laurent, flew the first manned balloon flight.
The fascination with the oldest form of flight  remains
as strong in the general populace today, as it was over
200 years ago.
Today, propane burners have replaced the smelly fires
and synthetic fibers have replaced the paper for  the
 envelopes,  making balloon  flights a truly wonderful
and unforgettable experience .