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Robertson Flotille Aérostatique

Eugène Robertson gas balloon, ascending from the Castle Garden at the Battery in New York, October 10, 1826. Eugène Robertson made many early ascensions in North America, with flights made at New York and New Orleans between 1825 and 1836.
In 1826, Eugène Robertson’s hot air balloon was snagged by Castle Garden’s flagpole, and he almost lost his life. One month later, he completed a second ascension without a hitch.
He also made early flights in the Antilles (1828 at La Havana) and in Mexico (1835 Mexico City and Veracruz). He died of yellow fever in Veracruz in 1838. His father and his brother Dimitri were also well-known balloonists.

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