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Pilâtre de Rozier, Jean François (1756–85)




French pioneer of ballooning. In November 1783 he and the Marquis d'Arlandes were the first to fly in an untethered, hot-air balloon. During a flight lasting about 25 minutes, they covered a distance of 8km (5mi). In 1785 Pilâtre de Rozier was killed while attempting to cross the English Channel by balloon.


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