December 1, 1783. The day the scholar Charles made the first hydrogen balloon flight

For ten days, Jacques Alexandre César Charles, professor of physics at La Sorbonne, has been enraged at having been topped with the pole by two amateurs! He absolutely wanted to be the first to fly in the air. However, the Montgolfier brothers preceded him with their balloon heated by a straw fire. DIY that could catch fire at any time! While his balloon is a small marvel of technology: inflated with hydrogen, he is able to fly forever.

But now, his “Charlière” is finally ready to fly with passengers five days after the flight of its rivals …