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We use balloons for a very long time now and they were our first method of flying as well as toys and tools in research and breaking records. Here’s a timeline of balloon history.
Since the earliest days, man tries to fly. We have myths that reflect this human wish. Balloons were the first that helped us to fulfill this wish (although, we first had to send couple of animals to test the idea for us). Read about balloon flight history.
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.