1754, Mar 301785, Jun 15
a French chemistry and physics teacher, and one of the first pioneers of aviation. He and the Marquis d'Arlandes made the first manned free balloon flight on 21 November 1783, in a Montgolfier balloon. He later died when his balloon crashed near Wimereux in the Pas-de-Calais during an attempt to fly across the English Channel. He and his companion, Pierre Romain, thus became the first known fatalities in an air crash. He also risked himself while researching the flammability of hydrogen.
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10/15/1783-Jean-Francois Pilatre de Rozier makes captive-balloon ascent
11/21/1783-Jean-Francois Pilatre de Rozier and Marquis Francois Laurent d'Arlandes make first free balloon flight
06/15/1785-Jean-Francois Pilatre de Rozier and Pierre Romain, French balloonists, die in world's first fatal aviation accident
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