Yesterday morning, Motor Man received a call from Mark, our friend who owns the hot air balloon. Mark said that he had a flight scheduled for the afternoon. So we changed some plans (thanks, Marshall, for your flexibility) and joined Mark, his crew and his passengers for the launch.
And Mark gave us a brief history lesson. Yesterday was Montgolfier Day. (I’m guessing you didn’t celebrate…??)
It was the anniversary of the first hot air balloon flight carrying humans. This from Wikipedia:
On 21 November 1783, the first free flight by humans was made by Pilâtre de Rozier, together with an army officer, the marquis d’Arlandes. The flight began from the grounds of the Château de la Muette close to the Bois de Boulogne park in the western outskirts of Paris. They flew about 3,000 feet (910 m) above Paris for a distance of nine kilometers.
Wondering about the Montgolfier reference? This is from the web site Hot Air Ballooning News:
In 1782, the Montgolfier brothers discovered that smoke from a combustible material burned under a lightweight paper or cloth bag would make the bag rise into the air. We know now that it is in fact the hot air that makes the bag rise but their mistake did not interfere with their research and inventions of the balloons.
The first ‘passengers’ to fly on 19th September 1783 were a sheep, duck and a rooster!
So what better way to celebrate November 21 than with a balloon flight? The passengers had no clue about the importance of the date to the ballooning world when they scheduled their flight for yesterday.
One of my favorite parts of the launch is when the burners are lit to fill the envelope with hot air.
Mark’s passengers were four friends, celebrating a couple of recent birthdays.
They were treated to a little colorful foliage during their flight.
The launch took place in late afternoon, which meant we were able to enjoy a pre-sunset sky.
A beautiful flight with a smooth landing: and that’s how you celebrate Montgolfier Day.
~These Days Of Mine~