Professional aeronauts made their appearance soon after the invention of Montgolfières. Blanchard, Robertson, and others soon found that it was possible to make a little money out of the new discoveries, and it can be easily understood that the tricks of the showman's art soon brought the sport into discredit.
By aeronauts (omitting the pioneers Lunardi, Zambeccari, and others who have been already spoken of we mean persons who have followed ballooning as a business or trade. Of these, perhaps the most successful have been Blanchard, Garnerin, the Sadlers, Mr. Charles Green, Mr. Wise, Mr. Coxwell, and the brothers Godard.
See also Category:Aeronauts