Hot air balloon was flown for the first time in 1783. Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier launched their globe aerostatique in Annonay, France. The unmanned balloon ascended 1,500 feet and traveled for a distance of about 7,500 feet.
Joe W. Kittinger became the first person to cross the Atlantic in a hot-air balloon. He left Caribou, Maine, on September 14, 1984, and landed near Capbreton, France, on September 17, 1984. He broke his ankle when he was thrown from the gondola during the stormy landing. The 3,535-mile trip also established a new record for solo distance. Children could view a timeline of hot-air balloon flights at: Hot-Air Balloon Flights.