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Ben Franklin's Balloons Preview

Preview: Season 41 Episode 17 | 30s | Video has closed captioning.

The first stage in human flight didn’t begin with the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk, but with daring inventors and aeronauts in 18th century Paris. In a period of just 19 months, humanity not only left the ground for the first time but thanks to a handful of brilliant and colorful pioneers, developed all the essential features of today's hot air air and gas balloons.

Aired: 09/08/14

Rating: TV-PG

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