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Jean-Pierre Francois Blanchard, French aeronaut, 1785.

Engraving by J Newton after an original work by R Livesay of Blanchard (1753-1809) the ‘first Aerial Mariner’. Blanchard ascended by balloon from the Champ de Mars in Paris, remaining airborn for almost 2 hours on 2 March 1784. Blanchard, one of the foremost balloonists of his time, was renowned for his ballooning exploits in Europe. On 7 January 1785 he and the American Dr John Jeffries became the first balloonists to cross the English Channel. Later, on 9 January 1793, Blanchard made the first balloon flight in the USA. Blanchard also invented the parachute, but was killed during practice parachute jumps from a balloon. From the Penn Gaskell Collection at the Science Museum, London. Dimensions: 209.5mm x 235mm.

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Inventory No.: 1950-0302_0011
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