Charles Ferson Durant

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Charles Ferson Durant is for some reason called America's first successful balloonist. He seems to have been also a naturalist.[1]

He began his ballooning career at age 25 on 9 September 1830, ascending from Castle Garden in Manhattan, in a silk balloon of his own construction.[2]

He made a big impact (not literally) in fall of 1883 with two ascents in Baltimore.[3]

Durant inspired John Wise to get involved in aeronautics.[4]


  2. Preston R. Bassett, "Aeronautics in New York State"; New York History Vol. XLIII (1962), p. 115.
  3. Randers-Pehrson, 1944, p. 303.
  4. Robeson S. Moise, "Balloon and Dirigibles", in Brady, 2000; p. 313.
Birth date 1805
Death date 1873
Countries US
Locations NYC; Baltimore
Occupations naturalist, balloonist
Tech areas LTA, science