Charles Ferson Durant
Charles Ferson Durant is for some reason called America's first successful balloonist. He seems to have been also a naturalist.
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.
He made a big impact (not literally) in fall of 1883 with two ascents in Baltimore.
- Preston R. Bassett, "Aeronautics in New York State"; New York History Vol. XLIII (1962), p. 115.
- Randers-Pehrson, 1944, p. 303.
- Robeson S. Moise, "Balloon and Dirigibles", in Brady, 2000; p. 313.
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