Richard Crosbie (1756-1824) is rightly celebrated as Irelands first aeronaut. Inspired by balloon experiments in France, he constructed a hydrogen balloon with the aim of flying across the Irish Sea. A crowd of 20,000 people witnessed his first flight from Ranelagh Gardens, Dublin in January 1785.

He organised two further flights in Dublin, from Royal Barracks and from Leinster Lawn, and made a final flight from Limerick in 1786.

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ISBN/EAN 9781845889852
Author Bryan MacMahon
Publisher History Press
Publication date 20 Dec 2005
Format Paperback
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Ascend or Die: Richard Crosbie Pioneer Of Balloon Flight

Bryan MacMahon
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This book tells the dramatic story of the intrepid scientist and showman, Richard Crosbie, and places his extraordinary achievements in the context of European ballooning.

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