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Archive: September 2022 (2 Posts)

French circus poster shows two performers in the basket of an airship navigated by a rudder and a propeller

“Venturesome Ladies”: Trailblazing Female Fliers

Posted by: Rachel Gordon

From its earliest days in the late 18th century, hot air ballooning caught the public imagination. Large crowds watched balloon flights, and aeronauts became celebrities. All balloonists were incredibly brave. Risking injury and even death with every ascent only added to their glamour and fame. The fliers, inventors and scientists involved in early balloon flights …