The Montgolfier Brothers and Their Balloons

"The Ascent of the Montgolfier Balloon at Aranjuez" -- Painting by Antonio Carnicero Mancio (1748-1814) in 1784. Prado Museum, Madrid Leemage/Corbis via Getty Images

As man was looking to the skies and yearning to fly, two inventive brothers came up with an idea to set humans aloft. The Montgolfiers were among many inventors working toward the dream of flight in the 18th century, but they often get all the attention.

Topics in this Podcast: siblings, 19th century, 18th century, aviation history, ballooning, French history