Sophie Takes to the Sky
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THE FANTASTIC FLIGHTS OF SOPHIE BLANCHARD will be a feature-length documentary that explores the life of the first professional female pilot. Captured as a witch, revered as the Madonna, and honored by an Emperor and a King, Sophie overcame countless physical and social challenges to rise to the forefront of the ballooning profession. Despite her celebrated career, she has virtually disappeared from history.
Very Rare French Ballooning Waistcoat 1784 | English & European Dress | Meg Andrews - Antique Dress and Textiles
Very Rare French Ballooning Waistcoat, 1784. The balloon on the waistcoat is not a Montgolfier, but the first hydrogen balloon, which took off in Paris, August 1783. The balloon was called 'Le Globe' and easily recognizable because the two balloonists waved their flags.
Image of 'mr lunardi's new balloon', 29 june 1785. by Science & Society Picture Library
Mr Lunardi's New Balloon, 29 June 1785. Watercolour sketch by a spectator showing Lunardi's second balloon carrying George Biggin and Mrs Letitia Sage, a noted buxom beauty and the first Englishwoman "aerial traveller".
A ballooning scene on a fan, late 18th century. | Science Museum Group Collection
A ballooning scene on a fan, late 18th century. Collection: SCM - Penn-Gaskell Collection Object Name: fans (costume accessories); depictions; balloons; hot-air balloons Maker: unattributed Place Made: France Date Made: 1785-1910