Blanchard, Jean Pierre

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Blanchard, Jean Pierre

(zhäN pyĕr bläNshär`), or

François Blanchard

(fräNswä`), 1753–1809, French balloonist. In 1785 he made with Dr. John Jeffries of Boston, Mass., the first crossing by air of the English Channel. His ascents at Philadelphia (1793) and New York City (1796) are thought to be the first in America.
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Like the rest of France, Sophie loved the stories of the brave balloonists and when she married the daredevil Jean-Pierre Blanchard she travelled with him in a balloon above the earth.
1785: Jean-Pierre Blanchard and Dr John Jefferies made the first air crossing of the English Channel.
1793: Jean-Pierre Blanchard made the first successful balloon flight in the United States.
7 DE ENERO DE 1786: El frances Jean-Pierre Blanchard y el fisico estadounidense, John Jeffries, realizan la primera travesia por el canal de la Mancha en globo, uniendo Dover (sureste de Reino Unido) y Calais (norte de Francia) en dos horas.
Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard, accompanied by a little black dog, flew in a hydrogen-filled balloon from Philadelphia 15 miles into New Jersey, reaching an altitude of some 6,000 feet.