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The first balloon flight in North America...



Item # 637190

January 19, 1793

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Jan. 19, 1793 

* 1st ballooning flight in America
* Jean-Pierre Blanchard


Jean-Pierre Blanchard was a famous French balloonist, having made his first flight in Paris in 1784, just 3 1/2 months after the very first successful manned balloon flight. He later toured Europe with his balloon, and then ventured to America where his flight of January 9, 1793 was the very first manned balloon flight in North America.
This newspaper reports that flight, with a page 2 article headed: "M. Blanchard" and beginning: "The celebrated aerenaut made his 45th voyage in a magnificent balloon from...city of Philadelphia, the 9th inst., amidst the acclamations  of an immense concourse of spectators. His ascension was majestick; he saluted his terrestrial gazers with his flag..." with more, including mention of the President being a witness. See the photo for the full text.
A very significant report of a major "first" in aviation. Complete in four pages, nice condition.

wikipedia notes: On 9 January 1793, Blanchard conducted the first balloon flight in the Americas. He launched his balloon from the prison yard of Walnut Street Jail in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and landed in Deptford, Gloucester County, New Jersey. One of the flight's witnesses that day was President George Washington, and the future presidents John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe were also present. Blanchard left the United States in 1797.

Category: The 1600's and 1700's

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