Jean Pierre Blanchard, accompanied by Dr John Jeffries, arrive in France after crossing the English Channel in a hot air

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Jean Pierre Blanchard, accompanied by Dr John Jeffries, arrive in France after crossing the English Channel in a hot air balloon, 7th January 1785. The first flight over the English Channel, it took 2 1/2 hours to travel from Dover Castle in England to Guines, France. JB: French inventor and balloonist, 4 July 1753 – 7 March 1809. JJ: American scientist, 5 February 1744 – 16 September 1819.