Her name was Sophie Blanchard, the first professional female balloonist. Sophie was a character who obviously enjoyed flair. She cultivated an air of danger when she flew, forsaking the staid baskets of her compatriots for a tiny chariot that barely held her weight (some have described it as looking like an oversized champagne bucket). She also sometimes fired off fireworks from the balloon…which ultimately proved her undoing, the balloon catching fire and dropping Sophie unto her death.
from: ‘Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air’ by Richard Holmes.
#Gif by Adam Van Winden