When humans first took flight, it wasn't in an airplane..."it was balloon!" This fascinating "Nova" program tells the history of how Ben Franklin's interest in aviation was kindled while serving as America's minister to France...where he was privy to the spectacular first manned balloon flight in 1783. In addition, descendants of the Montgolfier brothers─inventors of the hot-air craft─participate in modern-day re-creations of those earliest 18th-century flights. 60 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English (SDH).