Some Important Dates in Ballooning History

September 19, 1783

November 21, 1783

January 19, 1784

September 15, 1784

January 7, 1785

January 9, 1793

October 10, 1960

August 11, 1978

November 12, 1981

September 18, 1984

July 3, 1987

January 17, 1991

March 21, 1999

    The first circumnavigation of the earth by balloon. After launching from Chateau d Oex, in the Swiss Alps and having flown for 19 days, 21 hours, and 55 minutes, the Breitling Orbiter 3, flown by Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard and British pilot Brian Jones, makes a perfect landing in the southeast of Egypt.

July 4, 2002