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L'Air du Paris, Las Vegas, NV

The sign in front of the Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.


The sign is a representation of the balloon, the Aerostat Réveillon, that was used in a demonstration that took place in Paris before King Louis XVI on September 19, 1783, conducted by the Montgolfier brothers, Joseph and Étienne. This demonstration was the first lighter than air flight with passengers, a rooster, a duck and a sheep. The balloon reached an altitude of more than 1,600 feet and went just under two miles.


This was not the first time that the Montgolfier brothers had done the experiment. Their first public demonstration took place on June 4th, 1783 when their hot air balloon rose half a mile over Annonay, France and traveled just over a mile. The balloon was made from cloth, lined with paper, fireproofed with alum, and held together by about 2,000 buttons. The balloon was heated using smoke from a fire of straw, wool and old shoes.


These experiments lead to history's first untethered human flight on November 21, 1783, when another Montgolfier brothers balloon lifted off with physicist Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and the Marquis d'Arlandes in the basket. The 25 minutes flight left from Chateau La Muette in the Bois de Boulogne, Paris, and landed over 6 miles away.


For more information, see the Wikipedia entry on the Montgolfier Brothers. DSC_3342 mc

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Taken on February 20, 2008