Fun Fact: Did You Know that the First Manned Balloon In The U.S. Ascended From Baltimore?

Question: Did You Know that the First Manned Balloon In The U.S. Ascended From Baltimore?

It’s true! In 1784, flight was for the birds and just a fickle dream for men. However, one Baltimore lawyer and tavern keeper, Peter Carnes, had the genius and ambition to live the dream. Unfortunately, he was too heavy for the balloon he had built. Surrounded by a paying audience expecting a show, Carnes was literally at his ropes end. Fortunately for Carnes, a brave 13-year-old boy, Edward Warren, stepped up to volunteer to take the first manned flight in the U.S. Warren’s successful flight led to a balloon craze across the nation in the late 1700s and early 1800s.

Source: CBS Baltimore

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