Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Cart Before The Airplane?

I was surprised to read this morning that the first recorded parachute jump took place on this date in 1797, more than a hundred years before the Wright Brothers' first flight in 1903.

If there were no airplanes in 1797, what drove Andre-Jacques Garnerin to invent the frameless parachute?

Hot air balloons.

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