February 12, 2008
Which U.S. President witnessed the very first hot air balloon flight to take place in America, from Philadelphia to Deptford, New Jersey?
The First Balloon Flight
On January 9, 1793, Jean Pierre Blanchard made the first hot air balloon flight in America, taking off from Philadelphia and landing 45 minutes later in Deptford in Gloucester County. The launch was witnessed by George Washington.