Descente de Garnerin en parachûte, dans la plaine de Mousseaux.; Ascension équestre de Testu-brissy à Bellevue prés Paris.; Ascension d'Olivari à Orléans.; Robertson qui fit en divers pays, 59 voyages aériens, s'enléve à Hambourg avec un savant n


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National Air and Space Museum

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Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

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Gift of the Norfolk Charitable Trust


Print, Aquatint on Paper, Colored


  • Mat (H x W): 25.4 × 30.5cm (10 × 12 in.)
  • Unmatted (H x W): 8.6 × 16.2cm (3 3/8 × 6 3/8 in.)

Physical Description

  • Colored aquatint of three balloons and one parachute in flight. Each has its own date and caption describing the flight in French.
  • 1. October 1797: Garnerin's parachute descent in the plain of Mousseaux.
  • 2. October 30, 1797: Testu-brissy ascending while astride a horse from Bellvue, near Paris.
  • 3. November 25, 1802: The disastrous flight of Olivari from Orleans in a mixed hot air and gas balloon that caught fire. The aeronaut fell and was killed.
  • 4. July 18, 1803: The flight of Etienne Robertson and a music teacher named Loest from Hamburg. Robertson made the flight with L'Entreprenant, which he had purchased following the dissolution of the Corps D'Aerostiers. On this occasion he claimed to have ascended to an altitude of 23,526 feet. Most authorities doubt that claim.


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