ES-HAK is a brand-new hot air balloon that will commence flights in August 2017. This huge Estonian tricolour is meant for celebrating our 100 years of independence, for flying during festivities and sportive events. Different sponsorship and cooperation for the flights is warmly welcome! It's volume allows inviting 2-3 passengers on board.

For ordinary ballooning flights in Estonia, please contact our partner

Ballooning history

Joseph Montgolfier and his younger brother Etienne Montgolfier from France are the fathers of ballooning.
Once in November 1782, Joseph noticed that his shirt, which he was holding by the collar over the fire inflated, and then an original idea came to his mind. Firstly they made a silk tegument of one solid metre. Warmed up over the fire the silk balloon rose into the height of 30 metres.

When their first balloons became already bigger, the inventors decided to let a duck, rooster and sheep for the first flight. This happened in Versailles in September 1783. The rise was watched by king of France Louis XVI. After the flight, which lasted 5 minutes, the animals landed sound in Vancresson (3 kilometres away).

The first tethered balloon flight with humans on board took place on October 19, 1783 with the scientist Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and a papermill worker Andre Giroud de Villette on board, at the Folie Titon in Paris.

On 21st November 1783, the first manned free flight was performed.
King Louis XVI had originally decreed that condemned criminals would be the first pilots, but Pilatre de Rozier and Marquis d’Ariandes successfully petitioned for the honor.
They rose by Etienne Mongolfier’s balloon of 2200 solid meters in Muette (Paris) and landed in la Butte aux Cailles, 10 km away. The flight lasted 25 minutes, the balloon rose to the altitude of 1000 meters. To maintain the necessary heat wet straw, old material strips and rotten meat were burnt.

On 22nd October 1797, Andre-Jacques Garnerin made the first parachute jump from the balloon. It was also done in Paris, from altitude of 400 meters.

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