The Amazing Blanchard Flying Machine.

by Daniel Russ on February 27, 2014

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French inventor Jean-Pierre Blanchard (July 4, 1753 – March 7, 1809) made a successful balloon flight in Paris on 2 March 1784, in a hydrogen balloon. Only a year earlier the first successful balloon flight was made by engineers Jacques Charles and  Nicolas-Louis Robert. He tried his own flying machine on the16th of October, 1784 with John Sheldon. This was a hybrid balloon and ornithopter. It had flaps and gears and a way to supposedly produce thrust, but it really did not fly.

A year later with improvement Blanchards balloon plane flew slowly and in public demonstations he impressed the Emperor Louis XVI of France to invite his to Paris. There he performed another flight and began accepting stipends from the King to continue his work. Eventually Blanchard made it to the Americas and was quite the sensation. Blanchard performed for US Presidents Adams, Jefferson Monroe and Madison.


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Louis October 5, 2017 at 8:46 am

As there was no such thing as an emperor of France, prior to Napoleon, could you please change this: “the Emperor Louis XVI of France” to “Louis XVI, the king of France”?

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