Parachuting Preceded Flight

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Parachuting Preceded Flight

The history of aviation has extended over more than two thousand years from the earliest attempts in BASE Parasol jumps, kites, or gliders to powered heavier-than-air, supersonic, and hypersonic flight.

The first form of man-made flying objects were either BASE type jumps or kites from around 200 BC in China. Then a general flew a kite over enemy territory to calculate the length of tunnel required to enter the region (Using trigonometry?). Early flier, Yuan Huangtou, a Chinese prince, survived by tying himself to the kite.
According to Joseph Needham, hot-air balloons in China were known from the 3rd century BC.  A couple of thousands of years later, the French too flew.
Pat Works nee Madden Travis Works, Jr .B1575, C1798, D1813, Star Crest Solo#1, USPA#189,

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