Hot-air balloon flights began in 1783 with the Montgolfier brothers launching a fabric and paper balloon from a small town in France. This first experiment was successful and launched a period of hot-air and gas ballooning that served both military and experimentation purposes as well as amusement for the public. Not until 1960 did modern hot-air ballooning as we know it begin its introduction onto the American scene. From 1960 until today, ballooning has introduced millions of “lighter-than-air enthusiasts” to the magic and mystery of these gentle giants. Hundreds of safety innovations have taken place insuring all on board a fun-filled, safe and awe-inspiring adventure.
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