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Being recognised as the oldest form of human flight ensures that the history of Hot Air Balloon Flights goes back over many centuries. The first recorded un-tethered flight was over Paris on 4th June 1783 and lasted just 10 minutes. The balloon was made by the Montgolfier Brothers, Joseph Michel and Jacques Etienne from Ardeche, France. In September 1783 the brothers launched the first balloon flight with living creatures on board. The balloon, called Aérostat Réveillon, carried three passengers, a sheep, a duck and a rooster. Then in October of the same year Etienne got onboard a 75 feet tall, 50 feet in diameter hot air balloon and made the first manned flight ever. Then in November the first untethered manned flight took place over Paris. In recognition of the great feat their father, Pierre, joined the nobility and was granted the hereditary name de Montgolfier by King Louis XVI of France.
Modern-day Hot Air Balloons, which use an on-board air heating source, came about in the 1950's and one of the first really modern Hot Air Balloon Flights in the UK was on the "Bristol Belle" manufactured in 1967. These modern balloons are made from lightweight but very strong synthetic fibres such as nylon. They are manufactured in many shapes and sizes and some of them are amazing looking when floating high up in the sky. The shapes include animals, cartoon characters, famous people etc and many are really quite artistic indeed.
Recreational Hot Air Balloon Flights are a popular activity and the baskets normally hold around 5 passengers, although some balloons with a volume of 600,000 cubic feet, have been made to carry more than 20 people! 
These amazing Hot Air Balloon Flight Experiences are a wonderful gift to give a loved one and an unforgettable memory to treasure.
 
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