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France hot air balloon gathering marks anniversary of first ever flight

12 November 2017

In France, hot air balloon enthusiasts marked the anniversary of the first ever balloon flight at an international gathering in south-central France. This symbolic event celebrates the first manned free balloon flight made by two French pioneers of hot air ballooning in November 1783. Pilots at the event said the task required a great deal of patience. The only element pilots can control is where they take off from.