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This picture of flying balloon was taken at the moment when it was passing above subdivision.
The first documented balloon flight in Europe was by the Brazilian-Portuguese priest Bartolomeu de Gusmão. On August 8, 1709, in Lisbon, Bartolomeu de Gusmão managed to lift a small balloon made of paper full of hot air about four meters in front of king John V and the Portuguese court. According to the Portuguese speaking community, this was the "earliest recorded model balloon flight". However, this claim is not generally recognized by aviation historians outside the Portuguese speaking community, in particular the FAI.

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