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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.[1]

Celebrity ballooning apparently ran in families; see Green family and Godard family.

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.[2]

See also Category:Aeronauts



  1. Hildebrandt, 1908, Airships Past and Present, p. 197.
  2. "Aeronautics", Americanized Encyclopedia Brittanica (1890), pp. 58–68 (pp. 62–63).