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de Saint-André Aerostatic Cloak
The 1784 "Aerostatic Cloak" of Thibaut de Saint-André (France) parachute-like cloak, was aerodynamic rather than aerostatic, was invented only one year after the first successful balloon flight. It was intended for flying from balloons or other flying ships. The brave pilots would have worn life vests (invented only in 1775) for landing in water and been equipped with a compass and with paddle-like hand-held wings for control. Tickets were sold to a test of the devices, but nothing is known of the results.

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