Talk:André-Jacques Garnerin

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First parachute jump?[edit]

Does anyone know whether the first parachute jump was done from a hot-air balloon or a hydrogen balloon? There seem to be conflicting reports on the web

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André-Jacques Garnerin's parachute
A schematic depiction of the first successful frameless parachute, invented by André-Jacques Garnerin (1769–1823). On October 22, 1797, Garnerin rode in a basket hanging from the parachute, which was attached to the bottom of a hot air balloon (centre). At a height of approximately 3,000 feet (910 m), he severed the rope that connected his parachute to the balloon. The basket swung during descent, then bumped and scraped when it landed, but Garnerin emerged uninjured.Artist: Unknown; Restoration: Lise Broer

Apocryphal story about boy and hole?[edit]

I read when at school a piece of text about Garnerin's parachute. The story went that his first parachute was very unstable in descent. Amongst the crowd witnessing his jump was a small boy who suggested that a hole be put in the canopy. The crowd fell around laughing at him, but Garnerin didn't.

I can't find anything on the Internet about this story. Does anyone know whether it is true, or have a reference?

JBel (talk) 06:38, 22 October 2013 (UTC)

"Napoleonic wars"[edit]

Somebody should look at the linked page to learn when those wars happened! — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:55, 22 October 2013 (UTC)

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