Palatre des Rosiers fit construire un ballon à gaz auquel il eut la déplorable ideé d'ajouter un cylindre servant de Montgolfiére, c'etait placer le feu sous un baril de poudre. Ce ballon destine a traverser la Manche prit feu et les deux aeronautes f


Display Status:

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

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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

Credit Line

Gift of the Norfolk Charitable Trust


Print, Aquatint on Paper, Colored


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

Physical Description

  • Colored aquatint of four balloons and one parachute in flight. Each has its own date and caption describing the flight in French.
  • 1. June 16, 1785: Rozier's balloon he built to cross the English Channel.
  • 2. From August 25 to September 7, 1785: Alban et Vallet, chemists who directed a factory producing bleach, made several attempts to develop balloons with some success in good weather. Some accounts credit them with the development of a large balloon for the Count d ‘Artois.
  • 3. Pierre Testu-Brissy made his first night ascent on June 17, 1785.
  • 4. J.P. Blanchard made his first parachute jump from the Chalais Meudon on 1787
  • 5. Military balloon school established at Meudon on June 26, 1794.


ART-Prints, Original

Inventory Number


Related Topics