To the Best of Our Knowledge Published by To the Best of Our Knowledge The Romance of Ballooning Listen Queue Download this audio Want to embed this player? Use the code below. More info. <iframe frameborder="0" scrolling="no" height="130" width="100%" src="https://www.wnyc.org/widgets/ondemand_player/wnyc/#file=/audio/json/652292/&share=1"></iframe> Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email a Friend Before the airplane was invented, ballooning was all the rage, and many people thought this was the future of air travel. Cultural historian Richard Holmes describes the remarkable history of the hot air balloon.