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Hand-colored etching showing Elisa Garnerin (1791-1853) parachuting from a balloon. She is standing in a basket under a parachute, while the hot air balloon that carried her aloft is shown in the upper left quardrant. This may be a representation of a flight from Paris on September 17, 1815, celebrating the allied victory over Napoleon, with the King of Prussia in attendance.
Print, Etching on Paper, Colored (A20140421000), Kendall Early Aviation and Balloon Collection
Élisa Garnerin Ascent
The daring Élisa Garnerin, a member of a pioneering French ballooning family, tops a balloon ascent from Lille, France, with a parachute descent to Earth. She made 30 parachute jumps between 1815 and 1836.
This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.