Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

Copy of an engraving depicting the flight of the first Montgolfier balloon at Annonay, France, 4 or 5 June 1783. It climbed to 1,200 fathoms or 7,200 feet and remained aloft for 10 minutes. The balloon was unmanned.

Collection Item Long Description:


  • Aeronautics - History
  • Hot air balloons

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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Circa 1783

Repository Loc.

National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division, MRC 322, Washington, DC, 20560



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