It started in FRANCE 1783 Pilatre De Rozier launched the first. The passengers were A DUCK,A SHEEP and a ROOSTER
they flew 15 hours.
Next::First manned attempt came 2 months later. Two French brothers Joseph and Etiene Montgolfier launcher in the centre of Paris.
100 years later Swiss scientist A. Piccard (remember th name)
achieved a manned flight into the STRATOSPHERE height of 52,498 feet
Altitude record 1960 of 102,000 feet was Capt Kittinger.
The Round the Globe was 1999 Swiss Betrand PICCARD
Now lets have some fun.
The biggest Hot Air Show in Maine is in Lewiston.