Vincent Lunardi, First Balloon Flight in England
Vincenzo Lunardi (1759-1806), secretary to the Neapolitan ambassador in England. He made the first balloon ascent from Moorfields in London on 15th September 1784. It was reported that George III, in council with his ministers, broke off the meeting by saying “we may resume our deliberations on the subject before us at pleasure, but we may never see poor Lunardi again”. The king and Pitt then followed the flight with telescopes until the balloon was out of sight. In the same year, Lunardi’s balloon was exhibited at the Pantheon in Oxford Street (see no.76).
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