The Vauxhall balloon
Wise, John, 1808-1879 (Author)
P.S. Duval's Lith. (Printer of plates)
Rare Book Division, The New York Public Library. "The Vauxhall balloon" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1850. digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/c3f022f4-16d7-b4e7-e040...
Charles Green (31 January 1785 – 26 March 1870) was the United Kingdom's most famous balloonist of the 19th century. He experimented with coal gas as a cheaper and more readily available alternative to hydrogen for lifting power. His first ascent was in a coal gas balloon on 19 July 1821. He became a professional balloonist and had made 200 ascents by 1835. In 1836, he set a major long distance record in the balloon Royal Vauxhall, flying overnight from Vauxhall Gardens in London to Weilburg, Duchy of Nassau (Germany) a distance of 480 miles (770 km): this record was not broken until 1907. By the time he retired in 1852, he had flown in a balloon more than 500 times.