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History of human flight begins in 18th century with an invention of two brothers - a hot air balloon. These brothers, Montgolfier Brothers, proved that humans can fly - with a little help from science.
Hot air balloons were the first flying machines and they have interesting history. They were toys at first, used for signalization and for celebrations, but in time grew in size and allowed us to fly around the world.
Gas balloons appeared at the same time as the hot air balloons and at one time were more popular than them. They are still popular although some gasses that are used for them can be very dangerous. Find out more about history of gas balloons.
Toy balloons are an old toy. Children and jesters used an inflated pig’s bladder as early as 14th century. Today we have much prettier (and much more sanitary) variants of toy balloons that we use for parties and celebrations. Read more about history of toy balloon.