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.
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.
See also Category:Aeronauts
- Alfred Leblanc (Birth date: April 13, 1869, Death date: November 22, 1921)
- Charles F. Baudry (Birth date: January 1, 1970, Death date: 1920)
- Charles Ferson Durant (Birth date: 1805, Death date: 1873)
- Gabriel Yon (Birth date: May 13, 1835, Death date: March 9, 1894)
- Henry Coxwell (Birth date: March 2, 1819, Death date: January 5, 1900)
- Modeste-Abel Latouche
- Percival Green Spencer (Birth date: November 11, 1864)
- Samuel Archer King (Birth date: 1828, Death date: 1914)
- Washington H. Donaldson (Birth date: 1840, Death date: July 15, 1875)
- ↑ Hildebrandt, 1908, Airships Past and Present, p. 197.
- ↑ "Aeronautics", Americanized Encyclopedia Brittanica (1890), pp. 58–68 (pp. 62–63).