Manned hot-air balloon flights became popular in the 1780s, in particular through the first flights of the early French balloonists Joseph-Michel and Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier, Jean-Francois Pilatre de Rozier and Jean Pierre Blanchard. Exhibitions of ballon flights were given across Europe and in the United States.
- Mozart Relevance
On 6 July 1791 Mozart wrote to his wife: 'This very moment Blanchard is either going up in his balloon — or else will fool the Viennese for the third time.' Mozart was at the time working on Die Zauberflöte K620, and it may have been Blanchard’s success (on 6 July he successfully flew for one hour from the Prater to the village of Enzersdorf near Vienna) that inspired the scene at the start of the Act I finale of the opera where the Three Genii descend to the stage in a balloon.
- Blanchard, Jean-Pierre (1753-1809)
- Date (Mozart)
- 1791, July
- Location (Mozart)