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Ben Franklin's Balloons

Passport Season 41 Episode 17 | 52m 52s Video has closed captioning.

The first stage in human flight didn’t begin with the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk, but with daring inventors and aeronauts in 18th century Paris. In a period of just 19 months, humanity not only left the ground for the first time but thanks to a handful of brilliant and colorful pioneers, developed all the essential features of today's hot air air and gas balloons.

Aired: 10/22/14

Expires: 10/21/24

Rating: TV-PG

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