On 20 July 2017, in Chroniques Sauvages on France Inter, Robert Arnaut offered to (re)broadcast a radio programme from 1996. The Montgolfier brothers? 42 minutes devoted to the hot-air balloon and its inventors, the Montgolfier brothers, and the Annonay-Rhône region from which the first aerostat took to the skies… It’s a poetic, historic and technical…
Since 1782 and the first successful flight of an aerostat at Vidalon in the Montgolfier brothers‘ park, the Annonay-Rhône area has become the“city of hot-air balloons“.
Vidalon is the business hub for the Annonay-Rhône conurbation, combining coworking facilities, training rooms, a business incubator and a business hotel.
The birth of the hot-air balloon, a story that’s several hundred years old in the Annonay-Rhône conurbation. A France Télévision report to (re)discover.
Annonay-Rhône and hot-air balloons go back nearly 250 years. Let’s take a closer look at this passion for flight, which originated in the Ardèche region.