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Giffard Le Grand
A captive balloon of 25,000 m³ built for the Universal Exhibition of Paris of 1878, Le Grand ballon captif à vapeur (The Large Steam Tethered Balloon) of Henry Giffard was capable of carrying 40 passengers.
Located at the courtyard of the Tuileries in Paris, it was one of the main attractions of the exhibition, making up to ten ascents per day to an altitude of 500-600 m. Using mechanical winches, its first ascent took place on July 19, 1878 and would eventually lift over 35,000 passengers on more than 1000 ascensions made.
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