Let’s celebrate, with balloons!
The first manned flight of a hot air balloon took place in France in 1783. However, sky lanterns, paper and wood hot air balloons that don’t carry people, have been around in China since as early as 300 BC. Why did it take ever so long? During the research for episode 37, I became interested in the subject of balloon powered flight. Join me as I talk about what I found, just for fun.
Here’s an article on the BOOMERanG experiment, which is what got me on this kick in the first place.
Here’s an article on a record set for highest skydive, set in 1960 by a fellow who jumped from a balloon.
Here’s a video on the same subject.
Here’s a page and video for when the record was broken, a jump from a balloon at 128,000 feet.
Here’s an article on how you can build your own sky lantern.
Have an article on the Nazca lines.
And a couple of articles on a hot air balloon, capable of carrying people, built with methods available to the Nazca culture.