The first record of a hot air balloon flight carrying human passengers took place in France in 1783. Launched by the Montgolfier brothers, its flight lasted 25 minutes and traveled over five miles.
Today, hot air balloons are a novelty with festivals happening all over the world. Smartphones and drones now capture their flights, which can span multiple weeks.
Oklahomans can experience balloon travel in just a few weeks in Shawnee. The FireLake Fireflight Balloon Festival will bring 20 balloons and a renowned Balloon Meister to the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Pow Wow Grounds August 4-6. For more information, click here.