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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In January 1785 France's Jean-Pierre Blanchard and American John Jeffries became the first to cross the Channel by hot-air balloon.
There's also a monument to the town's most famous son, Jean-Pierre Blanchard, a balloonist who became the first person to cross the Channel by air, way back on January 7, 1785.
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.
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1793: Jean-Pierre Blanchard made the first successful balloon flight in the United States.