In pictures: Ballooning history
1783 - First flight

Physicist Jean-Francois Pilatre de Rozier and the Marquis d'Arlandes are credited with making the first ever manned balloon flight.

Huge crowds turned out to watch their 25-minute journey over Paris.

Ever since, balloonists have harnessed improving technology to ride higher and further.

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