10 Historical Facts About Ballooning

  1. First balloon flight took place on September 19th, 1783.

  2. First passengers were a duck, sheep and a rooster who floated for approximately 15 minutes before hurdling back to earth.

  3. First manned flight was on November 21, 1783 and held two pilots that traveled approximately for 20 minutes.

  4. Dr Vijaypat Singhania (India) achieved the altitude record of 21,027 m (68,986 ft) in a Cameron Z-1600 hot-air balloon over Mumbai, India on 26 November 2005.

  5. Champagne after flight originated to appease farmers.

  6. The first person to pilot a balloon was also the first to die in one.

  7. According to IMDb, it would take over 12 million balloons to lift Carl’s house in the movie ‘Up’.

  8. Albuquerque, New Mexico is home to the largest international hot air balloon festival in the world. Hundreds of balloons take flight second week of October every year.

  9. The balloonist prayer is a tradition some like to follow and recite after a flight:

    “The Winds have Welcomed you with softness.
    The Sun has blessed you with its warm hands.
    You have flown so high and so well
    that God has joined you in your laughter
    and set you gently back again
    into the loving arms of Mother Earth.'“

  10. Balloons can only be operated by going upwards or downwards and using different altitudes to go different directions by using the wind currents.

Phoebe Brown