1783, The First Race to the sky by Stéphane Bégoin


On 21 November 1783, one of humanity’s oldest dreams finally came true: two brothers, Joseph and Etienne Montgolfier, took to the sky on board a flying machine they created, a hot air balloon!

A few months later in England, two men – an Anglo-American named John Jeffries and Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard – embarked on a plan to balloon across the English Channel. This marked the start of an amazing competition between England and France, the first race to the sky! What did those creatures of the sky actually look like? Is it possible to recreate them and to relive, onboard, their key moments?

In this documentary, we will relive the incredible adventures of the pioneers and will share, in their mad pursuit, their thirst for victory and their ignorance of the potential risks.


Production : ARTE France, WGBH Educational Foundation & DOCSIDE Production

Director: Stéphane Bégoin

Languages: French / English

Subtitles: /

Length: 52 minutes

Code EAN : 3760121806222

Bonus DVD

• Specials Interview of Great Historians 


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