Who Invented the Hot Air Balloon?

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Even in this day and age of airplanes, space shuttles and drones, hot air balloons still capture the imagination. Majestic, large, and often colorful, there’s something truly incredible about watching a hot-air balloon in flight. And it was with hot air balloons that man first ventured into the heavens. Despite this, while most can name the inventors of the first airplane to achieve sustained flight, few, outside of those who read the beginning of this article, have any idea who invented the first hot air balloon capable of carrying a human. In order to rectify that information gap and more, here’s the high-flying history of hot-air balloons.

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