Mürren, 12. August 1910:
One hundred years ago Eduard Spelterini was the first man who crossed the Alps in a balloon.

At 1 p.m. Spelterini sang the Torero's aria from Bizet's Carmen, opened a bottle of champagne and then lifted off.
(He always used to make this ceremony on his numerous balloon starts.) In his balloon "Sirius" he climbed up to
4000 m and crossed the Alps in direction of Torino. Six hours later his balloon landed at the versant of Monte Basso in Italy.

Read more in Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spelterini
Or read the whole article in german where this picture was taken from:
http://www.derbund.ch/bern/Ballonfahrt-als-kuenstlerischer-Akt-/story/24320722







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