Francisque Arban

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Francisque Arban

Francisque Arban (born in Lyon in 1815 ; missing October 7, 1849 ) was a French balloonist. He was the brother of Jean-Baptiste Arban . From September 2nd to September 3rd, 1849 he was the first to cross the Alps; He started in Marseille and flew over the Massif de l'Esterel at an altitude of about 4,000 m , Monte Viso at an altitude of 4,500 m and the southern part of Mont Blanc at an altitude of 4,600 m and landed at Stupinigi . During a balloon flight from Barcelona , Arban disappeared over the Mediterranean.

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